Frances Ross

Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Frances Ross is the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on using transmission electron microscopy to watch crystals as they grow and react, gaining a better understanding of the physics underlying reactions to suggest new ways of creating materials with a desired set of properties. Ross was a postdoc at Bell Labs and a staff scientist at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Later, at IBM in Yorktown Heights, New York, she worked on the development and application of electron microscope technology to study crystal growth in vapor and liquid environments. She earned a PhD in materials science and metallurgy from Cambridge University.