Roster | Lisa Porter

Lisa M. Porter

Immediate Past President (2018)
Carnegie Mellon University
Materials Science & Eng
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: 412-268-4047
E-mail: lisa_porter @

LISA M. PORTER is Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvan ia. She joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in 1997 and was later promoted to Associate Professor (2001) and Professor (2006).  She received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science & engineering from Cornell University and N.C. State University, respectively. Her research, which initially focused on metal contacts and oxide-SiC interfaces for high-temperature and high-power device applications, broadened to include fabrication, processing, and characterization of a wide range of electronic materials, with recent focus on gallium oxide as a wide bandgap semiconductor. In 2011 she co-founded SenSevere LLC, a Carnegie Mellon spin-off that is commercializing semiconductor-based chemical sensors for severe environments. Lisa has also held leadership positions in several professional organizations.  Within AVS she served as Executive Committee Member (2007-08), Program Vice-Chair (2010), Program Chair (2011), Division Chair (2012) and Advisory Board Member (2013-14) of the Electronic Materials and Photonics Division (EMPD), and as Organizer of the Transparent Conductors and Printable Electronics Focus Topic (2011-2013). More recently she served as AVS Program Vice-Chair (AVS-62) and is currently Program Chair for AVS-63 and an AVS Director (2015-16).  Outside of AVS she completed two terms on the User Executive Committee for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) while also serving as Faculty Chair of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Since 1999 Lisa has been a Committee Member or Invited Co-Organizer of the Electronic Materials Conference and recently became an ABET Program Evaluator through TMS. These experiences have helped her to develop effective organizational and listening skills and to prioritize needs within complex organizations.