VITA: Germano S. Iannacchione


Professor, Department of Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Telephone: (508) 831-5631 (office – OH 212A), -5282 (lab – OH 004), and -5886 (fax – main office)




Ph.D. Physics; AC-Calorimetric Study of Liquid Crystal Phase Transitions in Restrictive Geometries,

D. Finotello advisor, Kent State University, 18 December 1993.

M.Sc. Physics; Influence of Polydispersity and Curative/Resin Ratio on Molecular Mobility in Epoxy

Networks, E. von Meerwall advisor, University of Akron, 7 January 1990.

B.Sc. Physics; University of Akron, 31 May 1987.



2017- now Program Director, Condensed Matter Physics, Division of Materials Research – MPS, NSF.

2014- now Professor, Department of Physics, WPI.

2012- 2017 Director, Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) Program, WPI.

2006- 2016 Head, Department of Physics, WPI.

2012- 2016 Director, Master of Science in Physics for Educators (MPED) Program, WPI.

2004- 2014 Associate Professor, Department of Physics, WPI.

2013- 2014 Member, Board of Trustees, Spirit of Knowledge Charter School, Worcester, MA.

1998- 2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

1999- 2000 Consultant, Planar Systems / Standish Inc., Madison, WI.

1998- 1999 Research Affiliate, Center for Materials Science and Engineering, MIT.

1996- 1998 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry and Center for Materials

Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1994- 1996 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Kent State University.

1989- 1993 Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Kent State University.

1987- 1989 Morton-Thiokol Research Associate and Graduate Assistant, Department of Physics,

University of Akron.



Courses:           163 course sections, 4098 students, 7343 total credit hours

Projects:           MQPs: 68 projects completed with 120 students.
IQPs:                26 projects completed with 50 students.

Advising:         Academic (current): 8 undergraduate and 4 graduate students

Research: graduated 9 Ph.D. and 11 M.S. Physics students



Publications: 85 refereed papers, 10 conference papers, and 2 book chapters.

Web of Science: 88 works, Citations = 2264 (1956 w/o self-cite), h-index = 26, Cites/work = 25.73

Google Scholar: 156 works, Citations = 3097, h-index = 31, i10-index = 57

ResearchGate: 148 works, Citations = 2428, h-index = 27, RG Score = 36.03

Grants: 14 funded (NRC, NIST, NSF, Research Corporation).

Presentations: 35 invited seminar/colloquium and 112 contributed abstracts.



Membership: American Physical Society (Lifetime member), International Liquid Crystal Society,

American Association of University Professors,

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi (Lifetime member).

Reviewer: Physical Review B, E, and Letters, J. of Chemical Physics, J. of Physical Chemistry,

Liquid Crystals, Molecular Crystals Liquid Crystals, National Science Foundation,

U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Petroleum Research Fund.

Committees: 5 Departmental (Physics, WPI)

1 Institute Wide (CASL)