Nanofabrication Facility Staff

Celeste Ayala

Administrative Coordinator, Nanoscience Facilities

Telephone: (212) 413-3314


Milan Begliarbekov

Nanofabrication Facility Manager

Telephone: (212) 413-3311


Milan Begliarbekov, Ph.D., was named Technical Cleanroom Manager of the ASRC in April 2014. In this role, he works closely with CUNY and external researchers to develop and implement proper cleanroom fabrication and characterization protocols, and serves as the point of contact for users while they are working in the ASRC NanoFab.

Dr. Begliarbekov, who’s academic and research background, is in photonics and quantum transport, worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Lia Krusin’s group at The City College of New York prior to joining the ASRC. In his previous position he was responsible for the micro- and nano-fabrication and testing of photonic and electronic devices based on topological insulators.

Dr. Begliarbekov earned a BA in Literature, a BS in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology. His doctoral research involved the design, fabrication, and testing of graphene-based devices in Prof. Stefan Strauf’s group. In addition to nanofabrication, Dr. Begliarbekov’s interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and poetry.

Shawn Kilpatrick

Research Program Manager

Telephone: (212) 413-3312


Shawn is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa where he earned a BS in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics and a BA in English and Philosophy.  He later earned a MS in Physics from City College of New York.

Samantha Roberts

Senior Scientist

Telephone: (212) 413-3313


Samantha Roberts, Ph.D., joined the ASRC Nanofabrication facility as a research scientist in June 2022 working with both academic and industrial users to develop their unique process flows and to optimize their device fabrication.

She received a Ph.D. in physics in 2014 from Cornell University, developing biological electro-mechanical sensors using carbon nanotubes and graphene in the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics under the advisement of Prof. Paul McEuen.  After graduation she created high-temperature high-power silicon carbide based electronics at Case Western Reserve University with Prof. Mehran Mehregany, then moved to Columbia University to develop state-of-the-art silicon nanophotonics with Prof. Michal Lipson. Samantha is an expert in designing and fabricating a wide array of electrical, photonic, biological and mechanical nanoscale devices in a variety of materials. She brings with her the experience of working in academic shared-user facilities at Cornell, Columbia, CUNY ASRC, Brookhaven National Labs, Princeton and UPenn.

In the ASRC, she strives for continuous user improvement for both the academic and industrial users of the nanofabrication facility. She is using data analytics and machine learning to develop and optimize process recipes and tool maintenance.

Jane Vogel

Equipment Technician

Telephone: (212) 413-3328