Petru S Fodor
 Title: Chair and Assoc Professor
 Dept: Physics
 Office: SI 115
 Phone: 216-523-7520
 Fax: 216-523-7268
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SI 115, Cleveland, OH 44115

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B.S., Physics, Babes - Bolyai University, Romania, 1996
M.S., Physics, Babes - Bolyai University, Romania, 1997
Ph.D., Physics, Wayne State University, Detroit, 2002
Brief Bio:
Dr. Fodor joined CSU in 2006. His research is focused on applied physics with projects ranging from the use of self-assembly methods for the fabrication of metal - semiconductor heterostructures and magnetic arrays, to the design and characterization of microfluidic components. His interest in applied physics extends to his classes, where he has developed courses in optoelectronics, applied solid state physics, and energy and environmental physics. He has also been involved with various high school teacher education and curriculum review programs.
Honors and Awards:
CSU Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, 2017

College of Sciences and Health Professions, Jearl D. Walker Outstanding Teacher Award, 2011

Faculty Merit Award for Research and Teaching, Cleveland State University.
Creative and Activities:
List of Representative Publications

Chair-Elect of the Ohio Region Section of the American Physical Society, 2017 - Present

Vice-Chair of the Ohio Region Section of the American Physical Society, 2016 - 2017

Nominated for the US Professor of the Year Award, 2013 and 2014

Member of the Learning Community Initiative at CSU which focuses on providing students with different perspectives on current topics.

Former member of the Task Force 9-16 and the High School Transformation projects, dedicated to fostering collaborations and providing support to Cleveland area high schools.

McNair Scholars faculty mentor.

Member of the Ohio Academy of Science STEM-TAC committee, responsible for the review of the state science and math standards for high school education.

Invited Talks:
September 27, 2016, CSU Choose Ohio First and NSF S-STEM Seminar Series - Microfluidic Devices

January 29, 2015, John Carroll University, Physics Department Seminar - Modeling of low Reynolds number systems.

November 6, 2014, Cleveland State University, College of Sciences and Health Professions 10th Anniversary Seminar Series - Mixing in microfluidic devices.

November 30, 2012, Cleveland State University, speaker for the College of Sciences and Health Professions Teaching Award Ceremony.

October 28, 2009, Cleveland State University, talk for the freshman class 2010, on the history of atomic and nuclear models development.

March 6, 2008, Youngstown State University, seminar on using student response systems in science classes.

October 8, 2007, Electrical Engineering Department, Cleveland State University, seminar on nanofabrication methods and quantum confined systems.

October 12, 2007, Department of Chemistry, Cleveland State University - Magnetic properties of nanostructured materials.

February 16, 2007, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Youngstown State University - Self - assembly routes for nanofabrication.
Teaching Areas:
Calculus Based Introductory Physics.

Introductory Physics Laboratories.

Condensed Matter Physics.

Photonics and Optoelectronics.

Electronics and Instrumentation.

Environmental Physics.

Computational Physics.

Conceptual Physics: Energy in our Society.

For a list of classes taught or supervised recently, please click here.
Professional Affiliations:
American Physical Society, 1998 - Present.

American Association of Physics Teachers, 2007 - Present.

Advanced Laboratory Physics Association, 2007 - Present.

UTeach Research Consortium, 2011 - Present.

Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio, 2012 - Present.
Professional Experience:
Chair, Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland: 2017 - Present.

Associate Professor of Physics, Cleveland State University, Cleveland: 2012 - Present.

Assistant Professor of Physics, Cleveland State University, Cleveland: 2006 - 2012.

Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh: 2002 - 2006.

Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh: Summer 2005.

Research Assistant, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan: 1998 - 2002.
University Service:
University Computational Committee 2007 - 2009.

University Graduate Faculty Review Committee 2009 - 2011.

University Library Committee 2011 - 2015 (Committee Chair during 2012 - 2013).

Faculty Senate 2013 - Present

COSHP Curriculum Committee 2007 - 2009.

COSHP Scholarship Committee 2008 - Present.

COSHP Faculty Affairs Committee 2012 - 2017.

COSHP Academic Standards Committee 2009 - 2011.

Physics Department Faculty Search Committee 2009, 2012 (Co-chair), 2013, 2016, 2017.

Chair Physics Department Staff Search Committee 2015.

Physics Department Seminar Organizer 2009 - 2014.

Physics Department Undergraduate Committee 2015 - 2017.

CSUTeach Steering Committee 2009 - Present.

Mathematics Program Review Committee 2006 - 2007.

Speech and Hearing Department Faculty Search Committee 2015.
Professional Service:
Reviewed manuscripts for the following journals: Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Science and Technology, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Applied Physics, New Journal of Physics, Journal  of Physics D, Review of Scientific Instruments, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Physica Scrypta, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, and Journal of Porous Media.

Reviewer for the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) (2007).

Reviewer for Choose Ohio First Scholarships program (2011).

Reviewer for IEEE Energy Tech  (2012).
Research Grants:
NSF - DUE - 2017 - Proposal Title: Increasing the Diversity of STEM Teacher Graduates - amount requested $1,200,000 (PI: J. Goodell, Co-PIs: P.S. Fodor, D. Jackson, and D. Corrigan), pending.

NSF Major Instrumentation Grant, 2011 - Present, Proposal Title: Acquisition of a field emission scanning electron microscope for multidisciplinary nanotechnology research, Amount awarded $472,113 (PI: P.S. Fodor).

CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program - Summer 2017 - Proposal Title: Development of micromixer-based chemical reactors - amount awarded $7,930 (PIs: P.S. Fodor and C. Kothapalli).

CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program - Summer 2017 - Proposal Title: Electron microscopy and light scattering characterization of microgels under dynamic temperature conditions - amount awarded $7,980 (PIs: K. Streletzky and P.S. Fodor).

CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program - Summer 2016 - Proposal Title: Correlating temperature controlled wet-sample electron microscopy with light scattering spectroscopy on the example of polymer microgels - amount awarded $8,560 (PIs: K. Streletzky and P.S. Fodor).

CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program - Summer 2015 - Proposal Title: Polymeric microgel characterization with light scattering and wet-sample electron microscopy - amount awarded $8,500 (PIs: K. Streletzky and P.S. Fodor).

Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease, 2013 - Proposal Title: Microfluidics fabrication facility, Amount awarded $5,900 (PI: A. Resnick, P.S. Fodor, and C.Kothapalli)

Engage Learning, CSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement, Summer 2011, Proposal Title: Improving fuel usage in microchannel based fuel cells, Amount awarded $5,665 (PI: P.S. Fodor).

Engage Learning, CSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement, Summer 2011, Proposal Title: Dynamics of linear polymers in a microchannel, Amount awarded $5,665 (PIs: P.S. Fodor and M. Kaufman).

CSU Summer Undergraduate Engaged Learning, Summer 2010, Proposal Title: Fabrication and characterization of micromixers with biomedical applications, Amount awarded $10,830 (PIs: P.S. Fodor and M. Kaufman).

General Electric, 2009 - 2010, Experimental coatings deposition, Amount awarded $700 (PI: P.S. Fodor).

Research Corporation, Cottrell College Science Awards, 2007 - 2009, Proposal Title: Development and characterization of semiconductor - metal nanostructures fabricated through directed self assembly, Amount awarded $43,582 (PI: P.S. Fodor).

Ohio STEM Learning Network, 2009 - 2010, Proposal Title: STEM graduate fellow - amount awarded $14,222. (Co-PI)

Faculty Research Development CSU, 2007 - 2009, Proposal Title: Hybrid nanofabrication for directed self-assembly and complex pattern transfer, Amount awarded $13,000 (PI: P.S. Fodor).