Professor and Department Head, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Rockett holds a ScB in physics from Brown University and a PhD in metallurgy/materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and has won numerous awards for teaching and advising. He has studied the basic science of solar cell materials and the operation of solar cell devices, using virtually all of the common materials, microchemical and microstructural analysis techniques from SIMS and TEM to STM and photoluminescence. Rockett’s research group also developed numerical models of photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells. He also worked on self-assembled nanostructures, MEMS devices, silicide reactions for VLSI contacts, Si-Ge oxidation kinetics for gate dielectrics, superconducting cavity resonators as temperature probes and optical spectroscopic analysis of combustion. Rockett is a fellow of the American Vacuum Society, serving as president in 2011; was the 2012 program chair and the 2016 general chair of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference; and was a rotating research program administrator at the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000.