Wiltzius named Dean of Science
December 1, 2008
Pierre Wiltzius has been appointed dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Most recently director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Wiltzius began his new assignment on October 1.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected as the next dean of mathematical, life, and physical sciences,” Wiltzius said. “I am looking forward to working with Chancellor Yang, the senior leadership team, and the faculty, students, and alumni of the campus. I will build on the outstanding scholarly achievements and the exemplary strengths in interdisciplinary research across campus.”
In addition to receiving widespread praise for his leadership of the Beckman Institute, Wiltzius is a highly regarded researcher and pioneer in the areas of soft-condensed matter, colloidal self-assembly, photonic crystals, and microphotonics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). In 2001, he received an R&D100 Innovation Award from R&D Magazine for printed plastic display circuits.
Prior to joining Beckman Institute, where he held faculty appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and in Physics, Wiltzius served as director of semiconductor physics research at Bell Laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, andspent two years, beginning in 1982, at UCSB as a postdoctoral research fellow in physics. In 1987, he was the Robert Mehrabian Distinguished Lecturer here.
“UC Santa Barbara has become known around the world for our preeminence in the mathematical, life, and physical sciences,” said Chancellor Henry Yang in announcing the appointment. “We look forward to the inspiration and leadership that Dr. Wiltzius will bring to our MLPS division. We are delighted that he will be joining the faculty in our Department of Physics as well.”
As dean, Wiltzius will hold the Susan and Bruce Worster Chair for the Dean of Science.