Donuts with the Dean
- Date 03/16/18
- Time 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
- Location Atherton Lobby
Come out and join Dean Johnson, President Barron and Dean Justin Schwartz from the College of Engineering for Donuts with the Dean. Be sure to stop by for a donut, piece of fruit, cup of coffee or hot chocolate and of course good conversations with Dean Johnson, President Barron, Dean Schwartz, your fellow Scholars and our staff.
President Barron Bio
Eric J. Barron started his tenure as the 18th president of University on May 12, 2014. Previously, he served as president of Florida State. He has nearly 35 years of leadership experience in academic administration, education, research and public service, as well as a track record as a talented manager of fiscal policy within large and complex institutions.
He spent 20 years of his career at Penn State, serving as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006, and as founding director of the Earth System Science Center, one of the first major initiatives focused on the total study of Earth as a system. In 1999, he was named Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. An accomplished scientist with a long background in atmospheric research, Barron previously served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and as dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
Over the decades, Dr. Barron has lent his significant expertise in the areas of atmospheric science and the geosciences to many national committees and federal agencies, including nearly 20 years of service as the chair of multiple National Research Council committees and boards. He earned a B.S. in geology at Florida State and his M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of Miami.
Dean Justin Schwartz Bio
Justin Schwartz received a B.S. with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After serving as one of the first Science and Technology Agency of Japan Fellows at the National Research Institute for Metals, Japan, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor. In 1993, he joined the newly-formed National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University, where he served as the Leader of the HTS Magnets and Materials Group. In 2003, his research group, in collaboration with Oxford Instruments, established the world record for magnetic field generation by a superconducting material.
In 2009, Professor Schwartz joined North Carolina State University as the Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In this role he led the rapid expansion of his department, guiding them upwards in the national rankings from 31st to 15th, while more than doubling the research portfolio and endowment. His research interests include superconducting, magnetic and multiferroic materials and the systems they enable. Professor Schwartz has published over 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and has graduated 44 Ph.D. and M.S. students in six academic disciplines, including fifteen female, six underrepresented minorities. Professor Schwartz is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS and ASM. In August, 2017, Professor Schwartz began his tenure as the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering at Penn State.
You don't want to miss talking with our two very special guests so be sure to stop by.