Dr. Stephen Fonash, Ph.D.
Stephen Fonash holds the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering Sciences at Penn State. He serves as the director of Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, director of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center, and director of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership.
Dr. Fonash's education contributions focus on nanotechnology postsecondary education and workforce development. His research activities encompass the processing and device physics of micro- and nanostructures including solar cells, sensors, and transistors. He has published more than 300 refereed papers in the areas of education, nanotechnology, photovoltaics, microelectronics devices and processing, sensors, and thin film transistors. His book Solar Cell Device Physics has been termed the "bible of solar cell physics," and his solar cell computer modeling code AMPS is used by almost 800 groups around the world.
Dr. Fonash holds 29 patents in his research areas, many of which are licensed to industry. He serves on journal boards and as an adviser to university and government groups, has consulted for a variety of firms, and has co-founded two companies. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.