CIED Director Sue Carter

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Physics  

Sue CarterSue Carter served as a board member and interim chair of C4E from 2011 to 2013 and was recently elected as the chair of CIED. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics from Kalamazoo College. She has worked as a research staff member at several companies, including General Motors, UpJohn (now Pfeizer), AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill) and IBM Almaden Research Center. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, she also worked at ARCH Development to help license IP coming out of Argonne National Laboratory.  

Over the last decade, Carter has served as the chief technical advisor and/or scientific founder at four start-up companies, including Add-vision (sold in 2011), Solexant (now Siva Power), Soliculture and IRIS Science Academy (both founded in 2012). From 2009 to 2012, Carter also served as a scientific advisor to Nitto Denko and Integrated Biometrics. Carter holds six patents and one patent-pending.  

With more than 100 publications, Carter's research focuses on thin film optoelectronic technologies, biosensors, solar energy, and agriculture technologies. She was the recipient of the 1996 Packard Fellowship, and she has served as a board member of the UC Energy Institute and the California Solar Collaborative, and as the elected chair for the American Physical Society Group on Energy Research and Applications. In 2014, she also served as one of two campus representatives at the UC President’s workshops on Entrepreneurship and Carbon Neutrality.

In addition to directing CIED, Carter is currently a Professor of Physics and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

CIED Special Program Assistant Sonya Newlyn

CIED Special Program Assistant Sonya Newlyn

Sonya Newlyn served as Special Program Assistant to C4E from February 5 to June 10, 2015, and in that role organized the 3rd annual Business Design Showcase. She resumed her Special Program Assistant position with CIED August 3, 2015. Newlyn holds an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a BA in English Literature and Minor in Anthropology from Emory University. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, she was also sole proprietor and wedding planner for Perfect Weddings in Santa Cruz.