Nasim Alem

Pennsylvania State University
Nasim Alem received her B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran and her M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. She did her PhD in Materials Science Department at Northwestern University in 2008.  Nasim has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Physics Department at University of California Berkeley and National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, before joining The Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor in 2013.  Alem’s PhD research was focused on the nanoscale mechanics and deformation behavior of confined interphases in multilayered metal-ceramic systems where she used transmission electron microscopy to investigate the role of chemistry, and size scale on the plasticity and deformation mechanism at small size scales. Alem’s postdoctoral research was focused on probing the atomic structure of defects and edges and their relaxations in two-dimensional crystals with the utilization of Ultra-high Resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy.  During her postdoc, Alem also studied the formation, growth and dynamics of defects in two dimensional crystals, i.e. graphene and hexagonal boron nitride under insitu heating and electrical biasing conditions.  Alem joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Penn State on March 2013.