Candidates for Executive Director, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology announce Town Hall Meetings

Final Candidates for IEN Executive Director to Hold Town Hall Meetings. Georgia Tech community invited to attend.

Atlanta, GA

In December of 2013 with the departure of Professor Mark Allen, Georgia Tech began a national search for a new Executive Director to lead the Institute of Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN).  Successful candidates would hold a Ph.D. in an engineering field related to Electronics and Nanotechnology with a strong record of scholarly accomplishment and proven intellectual leadership.  Candidates would be prepared to lead with a forward-looking vision enabling Georgia Tech to sustain its leadership position in electronics and nanotechnology.

IEN, one of a growing number of Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) at Georgia Tech, is the intellectual as well as physical infrastructure nexus of electronics and nanotechnology research for the University. Georgia Tech’s IRIs offer unique environments where research performed by faculty and students, supported by professional staff, in state-of-the-art facilities, provide unmatched interdisciplinary expertise, know-how, and capabilities to solve the toughest problems facing government and industry which profoundly impact society.

As the Executive Director of IEN, the selected candidate will report to the Executive Vice President for Research, Steve Cross, and will also hold an endowed professorial appointment in the appropriate Georgia Tech academic school.

Three finalists have been chosen to date.  Over the next few weeks each will visit the Georgia Tech campus and hold an open town hall meeting to which the Georgia Tech community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The candidates and town hall details are as follows:

William P. King, Ph.D
Tuesday, April 29th, 11:00 am
Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1117
William P. King, Ph.D. is the College of Engineering Bliss Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the Director of the NSF Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS), an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Research Center. He is also the Chief Technology Officer at the Digital Lab for Manufacturing in Chicago, IL, which is one of the nation’s first Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, and is the nation’s flagship research institute focused on digital manufacturing. Dr. King received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. At the University of Illinois, Dr. King leads a research group whose work crosses boundaries between science, technology, and business. Dr. King has been founder, advisor, or director at a dozen early stage technology companies with a focus on nanotechnology, materials, and manufacturing.  He is the winner of numerous awards including the PECASE award from the White House and the ASME Gustus-Larson Award for accomplishment in Mechanical Engineering.  He was named by Technology Review Magazine as a person whose innovations will change the world. He has published more than 180 journal articles, and is a Fellow of ASME and AAAS.

Eric Vogel, Ph.D
Thursday, May 1st, 3:00 pm
Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1117
Eric M. Vogel is currently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT). Prior to joining GIT in August 2011, he was Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Prior to joining UTD in August of 2006, he was leader of the CMOS and Novel Devices Group and founded the Nanofab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He received the Ph. D. degree in 1998 in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and the B. S. degree in 1994 in electrical engineering from Penn State University. Dr. Vogel’s research interests relate to micro- and nano-electronic materials, devices and circuits. He has published over 150 archival papers and 5 book chapters, and given over 75 invited talks and tutorials.

Oliver Brand, Ph.D
Tuesday, May 13th, 10:00 am
Joseph M. Pettit Building, Room 102
Prof. Oliver Brand is a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his diploma degree in Physics from Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany in 1990 and his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1997 to 2002, he was a lecturer at ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland and deputy director of the Physical Electronics Laboratory (PEL).  Dr. Brand has co-authored more than 180 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is a co-editor of the Wiley-VCH book series Advanced Micro and Nanosystems and a member of the editorial board of Sensors and Materials. He has served as General Co-Chair of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2008). He has been a member of technical program committees of the IEEE MEMS Conference, the IEEE Sensors Conference and the Transducers Conference. Dr. Brand is a senior member of the IEEE and a co-recipient the 2005 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award. He has received the 2011 ECE Distinguished Mentor Award and the 2012 ECE Richard M. Bass/Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award (determined by the vote of the ECE senior class). His research interests are in the areas of integrated microsystems, microsensors, MEMS fabrication technologies, and microsystem packaging.

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Last revised August 1, 2017