Selected Faculty

Nobel Prize

John Mather
Department of Physics

John Cromwell Mather (b. August 7, 1946, Roanoke, Virginia) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite (COBE) with George Smoot. COBE was the first experiment to measure "... the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation." This work helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe. Read Full Bio on Wikipedia

William Phillips
Department of Physics

William Daniel Phillips (born November 5, 1948 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) is a Nobel Prize winning, American physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1997, with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji. Phillips was born to William Cornelius Phillips and Mary Catherine Savino. He is of Italian and Welsh descent. His parents moved to Camp Hill (near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) in 1959, where he attended high school and graduated valedictorian of his class. He graduated from Juniata College in 1970 summa cum laude. After that he... Read Bio

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Department of Economics

Dr. Schelling is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for enhancing the "understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis." He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1991, he was President of the American Economic Association, of which he is now a Distinguished Fellow. He was the recipient of the Frank E. Seidman Distinguished Award in... Read Bio

National Medal of Science

Rita Colwell
Distinguished University Professor
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and President and CEO of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world... Read Bio

John S. Toll Professor & Director of the Center for String & Particle Theory
Department of Physics

Sylvester James Gates, Jr. (born December 15, 1950), known as S. James Gates, Jr, or Jim Gates, is an American theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park and serves on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Read Full Bio on Wikipedia

National Academy of Sciences

Department of Astronomy

Neil Gehrels is an experimental physicist working in gamma-ray astronomy who is active in instrument development and data analysis, and dabbles in theory. His interests include gamma-ray bursts and supernovae. He is Principal Investigator for the Swift gamma-ray burst MIDEX mission. Other responsibilities include Project Scientist for the Compton Observatory (1991-2000), Mission Scientist for INTEGRAL, a Deputy Project Scientist for Fermi, Project Scientist for WFIRST and member LIGO Science Collaboration.... Read Bio

George Gloecker
Distinguished University Professor, Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics, Institute for Physical Science and Technology

Professor Gloeckler has contributed to the field of space plasma physics through pioneering discoveries and the invention of instruments carried on satellites and deep space probes, including the two Voyagers, Ulysses and Cassini. Read Full Bio

Roberta Rudnick
Professor, Chair
Department of Geology
Roald Sagdeev
Distinguished University Professor
Department of Physics
John Weeks
Distinguished University Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Academy of Engineering

John Anderson Jr.
Professor Emeritus, Glenn L. Martin Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering

John D. Anderson, Jr. (born October 1, 1937) is the Curator of Aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Read Full Bio on Wikipedia

Gregory Baecher
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Baecher has served on various National Research Council committees including: water security planning for the Environmental Protection Agency; committee on science and technology for countering terrorism, and the water science and technology board. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Read Full Bio.

Jacques S. Gansler
Professor and Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise, Director, Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise
School of Public Policy

In January of 2001, The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, where he holds the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise. He teaches graduate school courses, and leads the School's new Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, which fosters collaboration among the public, private and non-profit sectors in order to promote mutually beneficial public and private interests. Previously, Dr. Gansler served as the Under Secretary of Defense for... Read Bio

Ali Mosleh
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Mosleh has made research contributions in Bayesian Methods for Data Analysis; Methodology for Use of Expert Quantitative Opinion, Reliability Growth Modeling, Probabilistic Reliability Physics, Common Cause Failure Analysis, Modeling the Impact of Organizational Factors on System Reliability, Dynamic Accident Simulation and Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Human Reliability Analysis (Cognitive Modeling, Simulation and Data Classification), Methodology for Information Systems Security Risk Management, and Space Systems Risk... Read Bio

C.D. Mote
Regents Professor & Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Former President of University of Maryland, College Park
Department of Mechanical Engineering

From September 1998 until August 31, 2010, C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. served as President of the University of Maryland and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering. He was recruited to lead the University of Maryland to national eminence under a mandate by the state. Since assuming the presidency, he has encouraged an environment of excellence across the University and given new impetus to the momentum generated by a talented faculty and student body. Under his leadership, academic programs have flourished. In 2005, the University was... Read Bio

Elaine S. Oran
Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Elaine Oran has joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering as a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Oran was the Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory where she was responsible for carrying out theoretical and computational research on the fluid and molecular properties of complex dynamic systems and where she will continue serving as an Emeritus Scientist. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan and a Visiting... Read Bio

Ben Shneiderman
Department of Computer Science, UMIACS

Ben Shneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing (ACM) in 1997 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.... Read Bio

Distinguished University Professor
Department of Physics, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Educated in India, Australia and the Johns Hopkins University, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, sixty-one years of age, taught at Yale for twenty-two years from 1979, as the Harold W. Cheel Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1988, later holding joint appointments in the Departments of Physics, Applied Physics and Mathematics. Between 1987 and 1992, he was the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and, in 1989, (the equivalent of) the Acting Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2002, desiring to learn how a public university... Read Bio


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