Rebecca L. Forrest

EDUCATION Ph. D., physics, University of Houston, 1998.
  M. S., physics, University of Houston, 1995.
  B. S., physics (Cum Laude), University of Texas at Austin, 1989.

2012 - present
University of Houston Houston, Texas

Instructional & Research Associate Professor

Research Interests:
Study of self-assembly using x-ray diffraction.  This includes analysis of long-range order and lateral composition modulation in epitaxial materials, organic self-assembled monolayers on gold, and crystallinity in organic-fullerene compounds.

Teaching Interests:
I use interactive and collaborative teaching methods in my introductory physics classes.  I also apply collaborative learning techniques in my upper level classes, such as Advanced Lab and Solid State Physics. 

2004 - 2012
University of Houston Houston, Texas

Instructional & Research Assistant Professor
2002 - 2004 University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, Texas


2000 – 2002 University of Houston Houston, Texas
  Postdoctoral Researcher, Advisor: Simon C. Moss & Lecturer

Study of ordering and superlattice structure in semiconductor multilayers using high-resolution x-ray diffraction.

1998 – 2000 University of California, Los Angeles 
Los Angeles, California
  Postdoctoral Researcher, Advisor: Mark S. Goorsky  

Analysis of the structure of a wide range of solid state electronic and optical materials, using high-resolution x-ray diffraction, x-ray topography, and atomic force microscopy.

1993 – 1998 University of Houston 
Houston, Texas
  Research Assistant/Doctoral Student, Advisors: Simon C. Moss, Terry D. Golding

Molecular beam epitaxial growth and x-ray diffraction analysis of ordering and structural properties in AlInAs and GaInP.

1989 - 1993 Rockwell Space Operations Company
Houston, Texas
  Orbit and Deorbit Design for Space Shuttle missions, including flight feasibility assessments, launch window determination, orbital trajectory design, and deorbit trajectory design. 

2016-2017 University of Houston Group Teaching Excellence Award
2014 - 2015 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for Instructionsl/Clinical Faculty
2012 Natural Sciences and Mathematics John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award
2008 - 2009 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award for Instructionsl/Clinical Faculty
First Annual M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics, 2005


American Physical Society
American Association of Physics Teachers
Advanced Laboratory Physics Association
Materials Research Society
Physics Teacher Education Coalition


R. Li, J. S. Gandhi, R. Pillai, R. Forrest, D. Starikov, A. Bensaoula, “Epitaxial growth of (111)-oriented ZrxTi1−xN thin films on c-plane Al2O3 substrates”, J. Cryst. Growth, 404, 1-8, (2014).

P. Dutta,, “Epitaxial thin film GaAs deposited by MOCVD on low-cost, flexible substrates for high efficiency photovoltaics”, 2013 IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, p. 3392-6 (2013).

D. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, C. D. Voight, “Pre-Testing and Early Intervention in Introductory General Physics I”, Procedings of the 6th International Technology, Education, and Development Conference,   INTED 2012 Proceedings, p. 4450 (2012).

R. L. Forrest, J. Throckmorton, C. L. Canedy, G. Boishin, I. Vurgaftman, J. R. Meyer, L. J. Whitman, “Investigation of Lateral Modulation in Antimonide Superlattices”, Phys Rev. B, 83, 115320 (2011).  

Sergey Stepanov and Rebecca Forrest, “Fitting Dynamical X-Ray Diffraction Data over the WWW”, J. Appl. Cryst., 41, 958, 2008.

S. Stepanov, and R. Forrest, "Remote data fitting at X-ray Server", In: NOBUGS-2008 Conference Program & Abstracts, ANSTO, Sydney, Australia, November, 3-5, p.40 (2008).

R. L. Forrest, D. W. Stokes, J. H. Li, R. Lukic, and T. D. Golding, "X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Interdiffusion in AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y/GaSb Multilayers", J. of Vac. Sci. Tech. B 24, 1127 (2006).

D. W. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, J. H. Li, S. C. Moss, B. Z. Nosho, B. R. Bennett, L. J. Whittman, M. Goldenberg, “Lateral Composition Modulation in InAs/GaSb Superlattices”, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 311 (2003).

D. W. Stokes, R. L. Forrest, J. H. Li, S. C. Moss, B. Z. Nosho, B. R. Bennett, L. J. Whittman, M. Goldenberg, "X-ray diffraction analysis of lateral composition modulation in InAs/GaSb superlattices Intended for Infrared detector applications," IEE Proc. Optoelectronics, MIOMD-V Conference, 150, 420 (2003).

J. H. Li, R. L. Forrest, S. C. Moss, Y. Zhang, A. Mascarenhas, J. Bai, “Determination of the order parameter of CuPt-B ordered GaInP2 films by x-ray diffraction”, J. Appl. Phys. 91, 9039 (2002).

R. L. Forrest, E. D. Meserole, R. T. Nielsen, M. S. Goorsky, Y. Zhang, A. Mascarenhas, M. Hanna, S. Francoeur, "Single and Double Variant CuPt-B Ordered GaInAs", in "Self-Organized Processes in Semiconductor Alloys", edited by A. Mascarenhas, B. Joyce, T. Suzuki, D. Follstaedt, Mat. Res. Soc. Proc. 583, (2000).

R. L. Forrest, J. Kulik, T. D. Golding, S. C. Moss, "X-ray Diffraction and TEM Analysis of Ordering and Structure in Al1-xInxAs Thin Films", J. Mat. Res. 15, 45 (2000).

R. R. Hess, C. D. Moore, R. L. Forrest, R. T. Nielsen, M. S. Goorsky, "Reciprocal Space Mapping of Ordered Domains in InxGa1-xP", J. Electron. Mater. 29, 1063 (2000).

T. T. Lam, C. D. Moore, R. L. Forrest, M. S. Goorsky, S. M. Johnson, D. B. Leonard, T. A. Strand, T. J. deLyon, M. D. Gorwitz, "Shear deformation and strain relaxation in HgCdTe on (211) CdZnTe", J. Electon. Mater. 29, 804 (2000).

Y. H. Luo, J. Wan, R. L. Forrest, J. L. Liu, G. Jin, M. S. Goorsky, K. L. Wang, "Compliant effect of low-temperature Si buffer for SiGe growth", Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 454 (2000).

R. L. Forrest, T. D. Golding, S. C. Moss, Y. Zhang, J. F. Geisz, J. M. Olson, A. Mascarenhas, P. Ernst, C. Geng, "X-ray Diffraction and Excitation Photoluminescence Analysis of Ordered GaInP", Phys. Rev. B 58, 15355 (1998).

R. Paniago, R. Forrest, P. C. Chow, S. C. Moss, S. S. P. Parkin, D. Cookson, "Growth Mode and Asymptotic Smoothing of Sputtered Fe/Au Multilayers Studied by X-ray Diffuse Scattering", Phys. Rev. B 57, 13442 (1997).

R. Paniago, P. C. Chow, R. Forrest, S. C. Moss, S. S. P. Parkin, Z. Barnea, D. Cookson, "Influence of Chemical Composition on the Epitaxy and Interfacial Quality of Fe/Au and Fe/Ag Multilayers", in "Structure and Evolution of Surfaces" edited by R. Cammarata, T. Einstein, E. Chason, and E. Williams, Mat. Res. Soc. Proc. 440, (1997).

J. T. Zborowski, R. L. Forrest, T. D. Golding, D. Marton, "Growth of Al2O3/Si Heterostructures Utilizing Gas-Source MBE", Proceedings of the Sixteenth North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy, J. Vac. Sci. Tech. B 16, (1997).

INVITED REVIEW R. L. Forrest, "X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Ordering in Epitaxial III-V Alloys", to appear in "Spontaneous Ordering in Semiconductor Alloys", edited by A. Mascarenhas, Plenum Publishers, New York (2002). SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

R. L. Forrest, “The Advanced Lab Course at the University of Houston”, Texas Section of the AAPT, (2009).
R. L. Forrest, M. S. Goorsky, J. L. Liu, K. L. Wang, "Effects of Sb Surfactant-Mediated Growth on Dislocations in Si1-xGex", presented at the 17th Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (2000).

L. Virdee, Dest, C. Rubin, S. Davis, M. Haynes, C. Seaman, S. W. Huning, W. Roberts, R. Wardlaw, "Intelsat VI (F-3) Reboost Mission", presented at the 14th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit (1992).