29 Kent State Faculty Members Named in Top 2% of Scientists in Fields Worldwide

Kent State’s Top Notch Research Showcased in New Study

Twenty-nine current Kent State faculty members have been named to be in the top 2% of scientists in the world based on a recent study published by Stanford University scholars, proving why Kent State is a top-tier research university. 

Top 2 % in the World

The report, published in the PLOS Biology journal, evaluated more than six million scientists across 22 different fields and 176 subfields from 1996 until 2019. The top 2% list is made up of more than 100,000 most-cited scientists who have authored at least five scientific papers. The ranking method is based on standardized citation metrics developed by a group of scientists led by John P.A. Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford University. This top 2% were assigned a composite citation score or “c-score” based on standardized citation indicators, which include numbers of citations, a commonly used metric known as “h-index” which reflects an individual’s research output, co-authorship and a composite indicator for career-long impact.

Lifetime Achievement List: Current Kent State Faculty by College


Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D.

    Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Business & Management

    "My goal is to make sure everyone understands the benefits of entrepreneurship and the process of creating and developing a new idea for a product/service…."

College of Aeronautics and Engineering

  • Christina L Bloebaum, Ph.D.

    Christina L Bloebaum, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Aerospace & Aeronautics

    "We learn by our failures and then have the chance to either try again or try something else."

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Yossef S Benporath, Ph.D.

    Yossef S Benporath, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Clinical Psychology

    "Find a topic you're passionate about studying and develop the skills and knowledge to be the leading expert on that topic. Seek great mentors and take advantage of what they have to offer."

  • Lique Coolen, Ph.D.

    Lique Coolen, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Neuroscience

    "It means a lot to be on this list.  I believe it sends a positive message to female scientists, as well as the next generation of female scientists, that you can be at the top of your field in terms of research but continue to make meaningful contributions to teaching and administration while having a happy and fulfilling personal life." 

  • Rodney Feldmann, Ph.D.

    Rodney Feldmann, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Paleontology

    "My life goals have been to enjoy my work, to excite others with the wonders of paleontology, and to work with students to assure that they are prepared for a great career."

  • Antal Jakli, Ph.D.

    Antal Jakli, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Chemical Physics

    "I hope to find applications of my research that will improve the life of a large number of people. At a smaller scale, I would like to provide unforgettable research experiences for my students and help them find their dream jobs. I hope I can make a positive impact on all my students."

  • Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D.

    Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Chemistry of Nanomaterials

    "Never give up in solving research problems."

  • Oleg D. Lavrentovich, Ph.D.

    Oleg D. Lavrentovich, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Materials Science and Physics

    "In research, it does not matter what you do, as long as you do it."

  • C. Owen Lovejoy, Ph.D.

    C. Owen Lovejoy, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Anthropology

    "Human origins are the ultimate mystery."

  • Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Ph.D.

    Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Chemical Physics

    "I like simple problems with elegant solutions."

  • Lothar Reichel, Ph.D.

    Lothar Reichel, Ph.D.

    Research Area: General Mathematics

    "It is important for a student who leaves Kent with a Ph.D. to enlarge their 'tool kit.'"

  • David Ward, Ph.D.

    David Ward, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Ecology

    "It's more important to enjoy what you are doing."

  • Deng-Ke Yang, Ph.D.

    Deng-Ke Yang, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Applied Physics

    "Be curious and do something useful."

  • Hiroshi Yokoyama, Ph.D.

    Hiroshi Yokoyama, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Applied Physics

    "I want to broaden the horizon of our knowledge wherever I feel I can make a difference. I do not want to keep doing the same thing. I just want to offer a small intellectual surprise to people, however small in number, through my research."

College of Education, Health and Human Services

  • Andrew Lepp, Ph.D.

    Andrew Lepp, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Sport, Leisure & Tourism

    "I always tell students to follow their passions, to be curious, to ask many questions, and to step outside their comfort zones when searching for answers and solutions. Doing so is the path to an adventure."

  • Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.

    Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.

    Research Area: Education

    "I see this recognition of my work as a validation of the work that all of us do in EHHS to make the world a better place for all."