Brandi Klingerman | January 20, 2018
Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named the director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano). As the new director, he will lead a center that supports more than seventy NDnano-affiliated faculty members from across nine departments in the Colleges of Engineering and Science to grow the scale and stature of the University’s nanotechnology research efforts.
In discussing his new role, Seabaugh said, “Since its founding in 1999, NDnano has focused on connecting researchers from various backgrounds working towards common interests. I look forward to continuing to grow the center in line with these traditional efforts, but also to support endeavors in new disciplines and explore other ways NDnano can make an impact.”
Previously, Seabaugh served as the director of the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) and then the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST). Seabaugh will be the NDnano’s second director, following founding director Wolfgang Porod, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“Since the inception of NDnano, the nanotechnology field has grown substantially at Notre Dame. We are indebted to Wolfgang Porod for his leadership since 2001,” said Robert J. Bernhard, Vice President of Research and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. “We are very fortunate to have someone with Alan’s leadership experience and international reputation to lead the continued growth of NDnano. Nanotechnology is increasingly an important element of new applications and we expect that this center will support faculty from a broad spectrum of the University in their scholarly endeavors.”
In preparation for the position, Seabaugh has been meeting with each of the center’s members to learn about their ongoing projects and future nanoscale research aspirations.