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Janet Tate

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Physics

Janet Tate

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Physics



Teaching: I teach courses in the Paradigms in Physics program as well as the introduction to Solid State Physics for upper division undergraduates and beginning graduate students. In all courses, I incorporate many different teaching methods including integrated labs, research papers, small group discussions, and other interactive techniques. I also lead the senior thesis class, which focuses on writing and oral presentation of research and also incorporates discussion of scientific ethics and responsibility.

Professional Service: I have served on the National Organizing Committee of the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), and was co-organizer of the 2016 Oregon State University CUWiP. I was the Chair of the American Physical Society Committee on Careers and Professional Development. I moderated and co-organized a tutorial on Careers in Physics in Industry and Government at the March 2010 APS meeting. I also chaired an APS/AAPT-sponsored, NSF-funded conference on graduate education in physics held Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2008 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD.


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1988, Physics

M.S., Stanford University, 1984, Physics

B.Sc., University of Natal, South Africa, 1981, Physics and Chemistry


My research program focuses on the structural, transport and optical properties of a wide variety of electronic materials, particularly thin films. Of current interest are metastable materials, transparent conductors and photovoltaic materials. We have several thin-film deposition systems including two pulsed laser deposition chambers. The program is collaborative and the group works closely with colleagues in Chemistry and Electrical Engineering. I also collaborate with researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, SLAC, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado and UC Berkeley in a DoE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center.

Research Area

Materials Science


  • Dr. Russ and Dolores Gorman Faculty Scholar
  • OSU Alumni Distinguished Professor (2015)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2015)