The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, Ph.D.

Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, Ph.D.

Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman
Photo of Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

Assistant Professor
Phone: 651-962-5773

Mail OSS100
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: OSS 319


Ph.D. 2009, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
   D.E. (Designated Emphasis) 2009, Nanoscale Science and Engineering
M.S. 2007, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. 2003, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Complex oxide thin films and heterostructures
  • Nanoscale science and engineering
  • Next generation energy materials
  • Materials by design
  • Engineering education
  • International education
  • Cross-disciplinary education


Brittany has spent much of her career focused on creating and investigating novel nanoscale materials for energy. In addition to extensive national and international collaborations, she has utilized a number of national laboratory facilities across the US to complete this research, with a particular focus on characterizing materials by powerful synchrotron (high energy x-ray) radiation techniques. As a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory (US Department of Energy) she utilized oxide molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) in the Center for Nanoscale Materials to craft new materials using the single atomic layer control of MBE. Brittany also carried out work at the Institut de Ciencia de Materials at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, while living in Barcelona, Spain, and has circumnavigated the globe with Semester at Sea, Institute for Shipboard Education. Brittany is a native of the Twin Cities, having grown up in Southwest Minneapolis.