Engineering Faculty Among Most Highly Cited Scientists

Four College of Engineering faculty—three from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and one from the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering—are included on the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list announced this week by the Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company that tracks scientists whose volume of published paper citations rank in the top 1% of their fields.

Among the 6,216 highly cited researchers from 60 nations are CoE’s Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Dr. Michel Barsoum, Dr. Peter DeCarlo, and former research assistant professor Dr. Babak Anasori, who earned his PhD here. The Clarivate list draws on analysis conducted by bibliographic experts at the Web of Science, and underscores research influence among scientist peers throughout the world.

The United States is home to the highest number of Highly Cited Researchers (HCRs), with a total of 2,737 authors. Mainland China ranks second, with a total of 636.

From the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Distinguished University and Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor Yury Gogotsi was named a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher in the categories of both Chemistry and Materials Science. This is the sixth year Gogotsi has appeared on the list. According to the Clarivate data, Gogotsi’s work has been cited 98,728 times.

Drexel Materials Distinguished Professor Michel Barsoum was named a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher in the Materials Science category. This is Barsoum’s second time appearing on the list; in 2018 he was recognized in the Cross-Field category.

This year, Gogotsi and Barsoum are joined by Drexel Materials alumnus Babak Anasori, PhD ’14, who was also named a 2019 Highly Cited Researcher in the Materials Science category. Anasori was advised by Barsoum and subsequently served until July 2019 as a post-doctoral researcher and research assistant professor with Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Group. This fall, he was appointed assistant professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University.

Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, makes the list for the seventh year in a row, but this year he appeared on the Cross-Field list for the first time. His work has been cited 14,599 times, according to Clarivate.

“It’s fantastic to see the work I’ve been a part of identified and recognized in this way,” said DeCarlo. “I’m fortunate to have had so many great collaborators over the years. Additionally, this is my first time on the cross-field category, which is a tribute to the multi-disciplinary aspect of the research my group does.” DeCarlo will be starting in January at the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Harvard University had the greatest number of HCRs, followed by Stanford University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck Society, Broad Institute, the University of California at Berkeley, Washington University St. Louis, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The data are taken from 21 broad research fields.

Leslie Campion contributed to this story.