Prof. Vanessa Wood is a full professor and chair at the Institute for Electronics (IfE) in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET) at ETH Zürich. Her research group is the Materials and Device Engineering Group (MaDE). Besides her professorship, Vanessa Wood is the Vice President for Knowledge Transfer and Corporate Relations at ETH Zürich since 2021.
She was appointed assistant professor in 2011 at ETH and received tenure in 2014. She was appointed full professor in 2019. From 2018 to 2020 she was head of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. She won the 2014 Science Prize in Electrochemistry endowed by BASF and Volkswagen Group, and the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society in 2018.
Vanessa Wood holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Yale University (2005), a master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007), and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009). Her PhD work, with Prof. Vladimir Bulovic, focused on the development of quantum dot LED technology. From 2010-2011, she was a postdoc in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, working with Professors Yet-Ming Chiang and W. Craig Carter on lithium ion battery flow cell technology.