Julia R. Greer

Julia R. Greer

California Institute of Technology

Greer’s research focuses on creating and characterizing classes of materials with multiscale microstructural hierarchy, that utilize the combination of three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscale-induced material properties. These include nature-made materials, i.e. bone and hard biological systems, as well as synthetic ones that can be comprised of a broad range of materials: from ceramics and metals to glasses, polymers,
organics, organic/inorganic hybrids, and multi-functional smart materials. These nanoarchitected meta-materials not only provide a rich “playground” for fundamental science but also have the potential to enable new technological advances in biomedical devices, battery electrodes, lightweight structural materials.
Greer obtained her S.B. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Advanced Music Performance from MIT in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford, worked at Intel (2000-03) and was a post-doc at PARC (2005-07). Julia joined Caltech in 2007 and currently is a full professor with appointments in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Medical Engineering.
Greer has more than 130 publications and has delivered over 100 invited lectures, which include 2 TEDx talks, multiple named seminars at universities, the Watson lecture at Caltech, the Gilbreth Lecture at the National Academy of Engineering, the Midwest Mechanics Lecture series, and a “IdeasLab” at the World Economic Forum. She was named a Vannevar-Bush Faculty Fellow by the US Department of Defence (2016) and CNN’s 20/20 Visionary (2016). Her work was recognized among Top-10 Breakthrough Technologies by MIT’s Technology Review (2015). Greer was named as one of “
100 Most Creative People” by Fast Company and a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2014) and received multiple career awards: Kavli (2014), Nano Letters, SES, and TMS (2013); NASA, ASME (2012), Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012), DOE (2011), DARPA (2009), and Technology Review’s TR-35, (2008).
Greer serves as an Associated Editor for
Nano Letters and Extreme Mechanics Letters. She is also a concert pianist, with recent performances of “nanomechanics rap” with MUSE/IQUE, solo piano recitals and chamber concerts (2007-present), and as a soloist of Brahms Concerto No. 2 with Redwood Symphony (2006).