PhD, Chemistry & Nanotechnology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2012

MS, Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009

BA, Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2007
Magna Cum Laude
Dean's List 2005-2006
Certificate of Advanced Study in Foreign Language and Literature: French

Managing Director, Center for Interdisciplinarity, Michigan State University, October 2017-Present

Program Manager, The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, Dept. of Philosophy & AgBioResearch, Michigan State University, August 2016-October 2017

Research Associate, The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, Dept. of Philosophy & AgBioResearch, Michigan State University, August 2016-October 2017

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, The Toolbox Project, Dept. of Philosophy & AgBioResearch, Michigan State University, August 2015-August 2016

Senior Research Assistant, Rock Ethics Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, Oct 2013-Dec 2013, April 2014-July 2015

Post Doctorate Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Dec 2013-March 2014

Postdoctoral Scholar, Rock Ethics Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, Oct 2012-Oct 2013

Peer-Reviewed Publications
1. B. Robinson, S.E. Vasko, C. Gonnerman, M. Christen, M. O’Rourke. “Human Values and the Value of Humanities in Interdisciplinary Research.”  Cogent Arts & Humanities.  2016, 3, 1123080.

2. H. Sato, S.E. Vasko, M. Rolandi. “Wafer scale direct-write of Ge and Si nanostructures with conducting stamps and a modified mask aligner.”  Nano Research. 2013, 6, 263-268.

3. S.E. Vasko, W. Jiang, H. Lai, M. Sadilek, S. Dunham, M. Rolandi. “Understanding high-field chemistry of diphenylgermane and diphenylsilane for scanning probe direct write.”  Journal of Materials Chemistry C.  2012, 1, 282-289. 

4. S.E. Vasko, A. Kapetanovic, V. Talla, M. Brasino, Z. Zhu, A. Scholl, J.D. Torrey, and M. Rolandi. “Serial and parallel Si, Ge, and SiGe direct-write with scanning probes and conducting stamps.” Nano Letters. 2011, 11, 2386-2389.

5. S.E. Vasko, W. Jiang, R. Chen, R. Hanlen, S. Dunham, M. Rolandi. “Insights into scanning probe high-field chemistry of diphenylgermane,” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2011, 13, 4842-4845.

6. J.D. Torrey, S.E. Vasko, A. Kapetanovic, Z. Zhu, A. Scholl, M. Rolandi.  “Scanning Probe Direct Write of Germanium Nanostructures,” Advanced Materials. 2010, 22, 4639-4642. (Featured Cover Article)

1. S.E. Vasko. “A Review of Pathmakers.” Design and Culture. 2016, 8, 262-266.

2. S.E. Vasko. “Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter.”  NanoEthics. 2016, 10, 117–120

3. S.E. Vasko. “A Review of In Pursuit of Nanoethics.”  NanoEthics. 2014, 8, 207-209. 


Exploratory Research Grant, Hagley Museum & Library. Grant Title: “Weaving a History of Innovation: An Examination of Fiber Development and Responsible Innovation.” (Awarded December 2015)

Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute-“Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond.”  Host Institution: Drexel University.  Philadelphia, PA (July 2015)

Student, Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies.  The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU).  Mesa, AZ (2014) 

National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT)  “Liquid Precursor High-Field Atomic Force Lithography for Green Nanomanufacturing” (2009-2010)

NSF-IGERT “Liquid Precursor High-Field Atomic Force Lithography for Multiplexed Deposition and Biosensor Development” (2008-2009)

Lloyd E. and Florence M. West Graduate Student Fellowship in Chemistry, University of Washington Department of Chemistry (2007-2008)

Hypercube Scholar for Work on Computers in Chemistry, Carleton College (2008)


  1. "Better Living Through Interdisciplinarity." MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity University Interdisciplinary Colloquium, East Lansing, MI (2018) Invited.
  2. "The Role(s) of Personal Skills Development in Developing a Collaboration Plan." Science of Team Science 2017 Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL (2017)

  3. "Exploring Responsible Innovation At The Chemistry/Design Interface." Michigan State University Dept. of Philosophy Seminar Series. East Lansing, MI (2017).

  4. "Were We Hip to Responsible Innovation Before Responsible Innovation was Hip?." Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR (2016).  Invited.
  5. "An Introduction to the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative." Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR (2016).
  6. Enabling Innovation Across Fields: Facilitating Dialogue and Collaboration with STEAM Researchers.” Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2016 Conference.  Phoenix, AZ (2016).
  7. “Chemistry, Art, Craft, and Design.” Gustavus Adolphus Chemistry Department Seminar Series.  Saint Peter, MN (2016).  Invited. 
  8. From Pinups to Processors to Protective Dresses.”  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting.  Seattle, WA (2016).   
  9. “‘Crafter’ or ‘Maker’? STEM/STEAM, Education, and the Maker Movement." 2015 Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference.  Dallas, TX (2015).  

  10. “Developing and Communicating Expertise between Crafting and Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) Fields.” Studies of Expertise and Experience Workshop, Cardiff, Wales (2015). 

  11. Crafts and STEM in Dialogue.” Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering-Second Annual Meeting. Detroit, MI (2015). 

  12. “Driving New Frontiers in STEM Education.” CREATE for STEM Institute Science Seminar Series, East Lansing, MI (2015). Invited.
  13. “Ethical Dimensions of Scientific Research with a Sustainability Focus: Building Open-Source, Interactive Online Modules at the Graduate Level.” 16th Annual Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum.  Scottsdale, AZ (2014). 
  14. “Open-Source Programming Languages: Integrating the STEM and Humanities Classrooms.” Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit 2014.  University Park, PA (2014).
  15. “When the Alternative is No Longer ‘Alternative’: Rethinking STEM Graduate Education.” Communities of Integration 2014-Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (2014). 
  16.  “Scanning Probe Direct Write: From Serial to Parallel Patterning.” Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA (2011).


  1. M. O’Rourke, S. Crowley, B. Laursen, B. Robinson, S.E. Vasko. "State of the Science: Disciplinary Diversity in Teams, Integrative Approaches from Unidisciplinarity to Transdisciplinarity." In Hall, K. L., Vogel, A. L., & Croyle, R. T. Advancing Social and Behavioral Health Research through Cross-Disciplinary Team Science: Principle for Success. Dordrecht: Springer. (Forthcoming).

  2. S.E. Vasko. “Reflections on the Waterbury Summit: STEAM And Systems Thinking” in Reconceptualizing STEM Education – The Central Role of Practices, R. Duschl & A. Bismack Eds., Routledge/Taylor Francis Group, p. 303-306.  


  1. Light Up The Runway! A Fashion Tech Event. The Runway. Lansing, MI (October 2017).
  2. Wearable E-Textiles: History and Intersections with Chemistry. Chemical Heritage Foundation. Philadelphia, PA (July 2015).