Alex A. Volinsky is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, Mechanical Engineering Department. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 2000.

Prior to joining USF, Dr. Volinsky held an Engineering Materials Senior Staff Member position at Motorola’s Process and Materials Characterization Laboratory. There he conducted principal research employing XRD, SEM, FIB, FA analytical techniques for advanced technologies development, including porous low-K dielectrics and interconnect structures.

Professor Volinsky’s current research interests are: thin films processing, mechanical properties and characterization; adhesion and fracture of thin films; microelectronics and MEMS reliability, environmental degradation of materials. He is in charge of the Nanomechanical Testing and X-Ray laboratory at USF.

Dr. Volinsky has authored over 70 scientific papers, one of which was determined to be the most cited paper in the field of Materials Science by ISI® Essential Science Indicators (A.A. Volinsky, N.R. Moody, W.W. Gerberich, Acta Mater. Vol. 50/3, pp. 441-466, 2002).

He has organized several conferences and symposia. Professor Volisnky’s research has been recognized by national and international awards. At USF Alex Volinsky has taught several courses including Mechanics of Solids and Materials Selection in Mechanical Design (Materials II) at the undergraduate level, as well as Advanced Materials at the graduate level.