ASCEND Principal Investigator
Veerle Keppens earned her bachelor’s degree (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) in physics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. Her dissertation research included the study of the anomalous properties of disordered solids at low temperatures.
From 1995 to 1998, she was a Fulbright Fellow in the novel materials group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she became interested in the elastic properties of new materials. In 1998, she received a Humboldt Research Fellowship to the Institut für Angewandte Physik in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1999, Veerle joined the faculty in the physics department at the University of Mississippi. There she taught courses in introductory physics and modern physics and set up a resonant ultrasound spectroscopy lab.
In 2003, she joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee, where she continues to study the elastic properties and lattice dynamics of novel materials.