Meet Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins

dr dobbinsTabbetha Dobbins is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Interim Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Rowan University.  Her degrees are: B.S. in Physics from Lincoln University (PA); M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania; and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University.  As an NRC Post-doctoral Fellow at NIST, she first began doing research on synchrotron X-ray and neutron characterization.  She has mentored students in both graduate and undergraduate research projects and engages in broadening the participation of students in synchrotron x-ray and neutron studies at national research laboratories.  Her research programs are aimed at attracting top students to the sciences using societally relevant energy-related and biomedical-related topics.  She continues to do cutting edge research in applying synchrotron x-ray and neutron analysis to modern engineering problems in carbon nanotubes, gold nanoparticles, the hydrogen fuel economy, and polymer self-assembly.  Also, she has worked diligently to engage high school students in science through her NSF funded programs.  She currently serves on the executive steering committees for the African Light Source Foundation and the LAAAMP project.  She was also a member of the on the Institute of Physics - Task Force for Underrepresentation of African Americans in Physics.