Ph.D. Northwestern University. Materials Science. 1995.
B.S. DePaul University. Physics. 1990.
Professor Millunchick has two distinct areas of research. The first is in Materials Science and involves manipulating matter on the nanoscale in order to enable the design of new electronic materials for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications. Specifically, she is fascinated by the details of atomic surface structure of compound semiconductors, self assembly of epitaxial nanostructures, and in situ characterization. The second area of research is in Engineering Education, and studies whether student participation in engineering co-curricular activities confers any benefits, and how to transfer those benefits to attract and retain students typically underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She is also currently developing virtual and augmented reality games to help students learn spatial reasoning and other concepts in the physical sciences.
Evan M. Anderson, Adam M. Lundquist, Chris Pearson, Joanna M. Millunchick. “Surface intermixing by atomic scale roughening in Sb-terminated InAs,” Journal of Applied Physics 121, 095301 (2017); doi: 10.1063/1.4976682 Arnab Hazari, Md. Zunaid Baten, Lifan Yan, Joanna M. Millunchick, and Pallab Bhattacharya, “An InN/InGaN/GaN nanowire array guided wave photodiode on silicon,” Applied Physics Letters 109 191102 (2016) Iñigo Ramiro, Elisa Antolín, Jinyoung Hwang, Alan Teran, Andrew J. Martin, Joanna Millunchick, Jamie Phillips, Antonio Martí, and Antonio Luque, “Three-Bandgap Absolute Quantum Efficiency in GaSb/GaAs Quantum Dot Intermediate Band Solar Cells,” IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2016) DOI:10.1109/JPHOTOV.2016.2637658 Joi-Lynn Mondisa, Joanna Millunchick, Cinda Davis, Darryl Koch, “The University of Michigan’s M-STEM Academies Program: Examining the Social Community of Future Engineers,” Paper presented at the 46th Frontiers in Education Conference (2016) DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2016.7757747 M. Gonzales and J. M. Millunchick, “Extracurricular Engineering Activities and College Success,” Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, 14618 (2016)