Prize Recipient


Jacqueline Krim
North Carolina State University


"For pioneering work in the physics of tribology, including elucidation of the relative importance of electronic and phononic dissipation mechanisms, and for excellent outreach to scientific and nonscientific audiences."


Jacqueline Krim is a Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University. She received a Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1984 and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Montana in 1978. She was subsequently awarded a NATO Fellowship for post-doctoral studies at the University D’Aix Marseille II, France. She joined North Carolina State University in 1998 after thirteen years on the Physics department faculty at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Her research interests include nanotribology, solid-film growth processes and topologies at submicron length scales, and liquid-film wetting phenomena. She has served on numerous editorial boards and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Vacuum Society. She has published and lectured widely on the atomic-scale origins of friction, including feature articles for Scientific American, Physics World and Advances in Physics. In 2010 she was named as an NSF American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellow, for “outstanding contributions to understanding friction at the nanoscale and exemplary efforts in broadening participation in science through maintaining a diverse research group and explaining research to the lay public”.

Selection Committee:

Christine Orme, Chair; D. Bonnell; P. Canfield; R. Greene; J. Robertson