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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Michael Lane

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Emory and Henry College

Michael Lane, an Associate Professor of Chemistry, has taught at Emory & Henry College for the last seven years. Dr. Lane received a B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from Emory & Henry College and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University. His thesis focused on the relationship between the strength of an interface and its chemical makeup.

Upon completion of his dissertation, Dr. Lane took a position in the Materials and Reliability Sciences group at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center where he continued his research on interfacial properties. He became the manager for the group and brought their research to IBM's semiconductor products. While at IBM, Dr. Lane published more than fifty peer-reviewed papers and received thirty-seven patents.

Since returning to Emory & Henry College, Dr. Lane has received extramural funding from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, The Semiconductor Research Corporation, National Science Foundation, and Intel Corporation. This funding has allowed Dr. Lane to build a fully operational thin-film synthesis and mechanical testing lab and incorporate more than thirty undergraduates into his research program. Dr. Lane directly supported twenty-one of those students during the summer with research funds. During his time at Emory & Henry, Dr. Lane has published twelve peer-reviewed publications, three of which have Emory & Henry undergraduates as co-authors, with two more currently in review. In addition, four students have completed Honor's theses in Chemistry with their research being done solely at Emory & Henry in Dr. Lane's lab. Finally, Dr. Lane has had fourteen students who worked in his lab go on to pursue graduate degrees with twelve pursuing Materials Science.

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Michael Lane


"I like to think that I am teaching my students to fail, teaching them to not be afraid to look for answers on their own and to not be discouraged when they don’t always find those answers.  So much of what we want is for our students to get the answers right all of the time.  But that’s not the way that it works in the lab, where some of the biggest wins come from failure."