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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Assistant Professor Roseanna Zia

Professor Roseanna N. Zia has been named a James C. & Rebecca Q. Morgan Faculty Fellow, in honor of the Morgans’ generous gift aimed toward recruiting emerging “stars” to the Cornell Faculty, as part of the Faculty Renewal Sesquicentennial Challenge.

Dr. Zia received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology as a National Defense Science & Engineering Fellow; an M. Eng.  at the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri.  Prior to joining the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering faculty in January 2013, she conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University.  Between undergraduate and graduate school, she worked as an engineer in the automotive industry at General Motors and Delphi Automotive.

Professor Zia pioneered a new model for the relationship between fluctuation and dissipation for non-equilibrium soft matter, leading to deeper understanding of the storage and dissipation of energy in complex fluids. Research in the Zia Group is aimed toward elucidating the micro-mechanical underpinnings of non-equilibrium behavior in complex fluids, and to work out new theories to predict how microstructures evolve and drive macroscale behavior.

 For more information about the Zia Group, please visit

More information about the Sesquicentennial challenge can be found at


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