Physical Address

Room 144
Scholes Hall

Mailing Address

05 3300
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Professor Emeritus

Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

Dean Emeritus

Office of the President

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Physics, Harvard University, 1972

MBA, Business Administration, University of New Mexico, 2011

MA, Physics, Harvard University, 1969

BA, Physics, Knox College, 1968


Joseph L. Cecchi has been Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at UNM since joining in 1993.  From 2011 to 2012, while on leave from UNM, Professor Cecchi held appointments as Provost and Professor of Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.   He was Dean of the School of Engineering at UNM from 2000 to 2009 and again from 2014-2017.  Professor Cecchi also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Science and Technology Corporation, UNM’s technology transfer organization, from 2004 to 2011.  From 1972 to 1993, Professor Cecchi was at Princeton University, where he held joint appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and was Director of Princeton’s Graduate Program in Plasma Science and Technology, and the New Jersey SEMATECH Center of Excellence for Plasma Etching.

Teaching Interests

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Electronics

Research Interests

  • Nano fabrication of devices and structures
  • Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Plasma Activated ALD
  • Plasma deposition and etching