Jacqueline Krim, nee Scherrer

Distinguished University Professor Emerita
Department of Physics
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: (919) 513-2684
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1984Ph.D., Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
1980M.S., Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
1978B.A., Physics, University of Montana, Missoula
1977University of California, Berkeley(summer)
1976American Institute of Foreign Study (U.S.S.R.)(summer)


1998 – presentProfessor (1998), Distinguished University Professor (2014), Distinguished University Professor Emerita (2020) of Physics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
1985-1998Assistant (1985), Associate (1992), Professor (1996) 0f Physics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2011-2015Associate Dean for Research, College of Sciences (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences prior to 2012), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2009Visiting Professor of Physics (sabbatical), Duke University, Durham, NC
1991-1992Senior Research Fellow (sabbatical), Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium
1984-1985NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Universite d’Aix-Marseille, France
1984Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington
1980-1984Research Associate, University of Washington


2019Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), “for distinguished contributions to the understanding of atomic-scale friction, wetting and surface roughening, and for exemplary efforts in scientific outreach and diversity”
2018Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
2015American Physical Society David Adler lectureship award for “pioneering work in the physics of tribology, including elucidation of the relative importance of electronic and phononic dissipation mechanisms, and for excellent outreach to scientific and non-scientific audiences”
2014Outstanding Referee Recognition by the American Physical Society
2010NSF DMR American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellow, “For outstanding contributions to understanding friction at the nanoscale and exemplary efforts in broadening participation in science through maintaining a diverse research group and explaining research to the lay public”
2001-2003Distinguished Lecturer, Sigmi Xi Society
2002North Carolina State University Alumni Outstanding Researcher Award
2000Fellow, American Physical Society
1999Fellow, American Vacuum Society
1995NSF Creativity Award, Division of Materials Research
1994R.F. Bunshah Award for Best Paper at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films
1987NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
1984NATO Postdoctoral Fellow
1984Recipient of the first annual Joseph and Evelyn Henderson Award, for excellence in completed graduate research at the University of Washington
1983Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, (ARCS) dissertation fellowship for outstanding doctoral students
1975-1978Recipient of a tuition waiver from the University of Montana for academic excellence; B.A. with High Honors
1974Higher education scholarship recipient as the winner of a state wide competition for the design of the Bicentennial Commemorative Medallion for the State of Wisconsin