Don A. Lucca is currently Regents Professor and Tom J. Cunningham Chair in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of the faculty of the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. He also holds the position of Guest Scientist in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Group (MPA-CINT) in the Materials Physics and Applications Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He received a BS degree from Cornell, MSE from Princeton, and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute all in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Oklahoma State in 1990, he worked for industry in the production of high precision mechanical components, and was on the engineering faculty at Ohio State University.
Since joining Oklahoma State, his research has been directed towards developing basic understanding of the mechanics and physics which govern microscale and nanoscale fabrication processes used to create ultraprecision surfaces and thin films, and to investigating the mechanical, chemical, electrical and photonic nature of the surfaces which result. His current work is aimed at the development of new techniques for the assessment of subsurface damage in semiconductors, the characterization of the nanomechanical properties of materials and thin films, and the creation of photonic nanocrystals.