Tabbetha Dobbins is currently Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, VP for Research, and Dean of the Graduate School at Rowan University. She mentors students in both graduate and undergraduate research projects and engages in broadening the participation of students in synchrotron x-ray and neutron studies at national research laboratories. Her research programs are aimed at attracting and recruiting top students to the sciences using societally relevant energy-related and biomedical-related topics. She continues to do cutting edge research in applying synchrotron x-ray and neutron analysis to modern engineering problems in carbon nanotubes, gold nanoparticles, the hydrogen fuel economy, and polymer self-assembly. Also, she works diligently to engage high school students in science through her NSF-funded programs.
Dobbins earned her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She was recipient of the Penn State University Alumni Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2009 received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for a project titled: “Enhancing Atomic Mobility and Desorption Kinetics in Metal Hydrides”.
Dobbins has served on the American Institute of Physics Task Force for Underrepresentation of African Americans in Physics from 2017 to 2019. She currently serves on the African Light Source Executive Steering Committee and the APS Forum on International Physics Executive Committee.