Dr. Stefan Zollner Appointed To NMC Board

Dr. Stefan Zollner

NMC News:

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Stefan Zollner (Head, NMSU Department of Physics) to the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Board of Directors, during its Oct. 21 meeting.

The New Mexico Consortium is a non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities: University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and NMSU to advance scientific research and education in New Mexico. NMC pursues joint initiatives with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Advanced Computing, Plant Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Modeling and Analysis. These initiatives leverage the technical strengths of the partnership to achieve technical advances in support of national priorities. NMC chooses technical areas where the partnership, and collaboration, has a unique competitive advantage.

“The National Security Education Center is delighted to welcome Prof. Stefan Zollner of New Mexico State University Physics Department to the Board of the New Mexico Consortium,” said acting Director Alan J. Hurd of the National Security Education Center at LANL. “Prof. Zollner has a strong record of fostering collaborations with Los Alamos National Laboratory since his arrival in New Mexico in 2010. He advocated strongly to the NMSU administration to continue the LANSCE Professorship, a ‘bridge position’ involving a joint selection committee and encouraging endurable collaborations. 

“He established and maintained a healthy presence of Los Alamos scientists on his department’s external advisory board, which consistently endorsed his activities in guiding and growing his department. And through his national-level presence in governance of the American Physical Society, Zollner has championed the inclusion of laboratory staff. Finally, through increasing involvement in the New Mexico Consortium, Prof. Zollner advances the mutual interests of the lab and his university.”

Zollner received his Ph.D. in Physics from Universitat Stuttgart, Germany, in 1991. After a one-year postdoctoral appointment at the IBM Research Division in Yorktown Heights, NY, he joined Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with a joint appointment at Ames Laboratory.

From 1997 to 2010, Zollner worked for various semiconductor wafer manufacturers (Motorola, Freescale, IBM), in Mesa and Tempe, Ariz., Austin, Texas and East Fishkill, NY, in research and development of silicon CMOS, bipolar, and compound semiconductor devices. He joined NMSU, in 2010 as the Head of the Department of Physics. Zollner is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEE) senior member.

He is an author of 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his research is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Zollner’s research investigates the optical properties, band structure, and lattice dynamics of modern materials with applications for semiconductor process control and advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Dr. Zollner will replace Dr. Martha Mitchell (Associate Dean of Research, NMSU College of Engineering) as the NMSU Second-Position.

“The NMC is an entity consisting of the major New Mexico research institutions and has been instrumental in fostering collaborative research between academia and the National Laboratories,” said Heinz Nakotte, NMSU professor of Physics, Engineering Physics Program chair, and former LANSCE professor. “Stefan’s appointment is a testimony to the strong research credentials that NMSU and the Department of Physics exemplify.”

NMC coordinates and leads joint program development efforts, pursues, develops and executes research and educational programs and organizes meetings ranging from workshops to international conferences, among many other activities. The NMC manages more than $25 million in research grants and contracts. Their goal is to develop and continually improve models for pursuing collaborative research across our partner institutions. This establishes the foundation for vibrant inter-disciplinary, cross-institutional research and puts the NMC in a unique position to tackle global grand challenges.

For additional information, contact Shannan Yeager at 505.412.6898 or Elena Fernandez at 505.665.0541.

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