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Wiltzius Named Dean of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences


Pierre Wiltzius

Pierrrre Wiltzius, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been appointed dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Pending approval by the Board of Regents, Wiltzius will begin his new assignment on October 1.
“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.”
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.
Among other associations, 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 the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, 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, and, beginning in 1982, spent two years at UCSB as a postdoctoral research fellow in physics. In 1987, he was the Robert Mehrabian Distinguished Lecturer here.
“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.”
As dean, Wiltzius will hold the Susan and Bruce Worster Chair for the Dean of Science. “We would like to add our warm welcome to Dr. Wiltzius and say that we are delighted that such a distinguished scholar and accomplished individual will be the next dean,” the Worsters said.