- Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
- Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
Peter Voorhees is the Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. He is co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a member of the Metallurgy Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology until joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in 1988.
He has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, ASM International Materials Science Division Research Award (Silver Medal), the TMS Bruce Chalmers Award, the J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award from ASM, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Award for Teaching Excellence, and is listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information.
Professor Voorhees is a fellow of ASM International and the American Physical Society. He was a member of the National Research Council Space Studies Board, Chair of the National Research Council Committee for Microgravity Research, and Chair of the National Research Council Applied Physical Sciences Panel of the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space. He has published over 190 papers in the area of the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations. Professor Voorhees’ recent research interests include the dynamics of coarsening processes, nanowire growth, heteroepitaxy, solid-oxide fuel cells, and the morphology of interfaces in materials.