My name is Tevis Jacobs; I lead the Jacobs Research Lab at Pitt. We study the science of surfaces and how they affect the world around us.

Let’s see, critical facts… I’m originally from San Francisco, CA. I’m obsessed with Materials Science, and particularly the mechanics of materials (i.e., how materials bend and break and how to make them stronger). I started a PhD after college, but then dropped out to get a “real job” making medical devices at a Johnson & Johnson company. Despite swearing I would never go back to grad school, I eventually did and got hooked and finally became a professor. I love running and cycling. My wife is also a professor at Pitt and we have three kids and two giant Bernese mountain dogs.