Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Fred Gilman dean of its Mellon College of Science (MCS), effective April 1. Gilman, the Buhl Professor of Theoretical Physics since 1995 and head of the Physics Department since 1999, succeeds Rick McCullough, who was appointed vice president of research at the university. Gilman has served as acting dean of the college since Sept. 1, 2007.
"Fred Gilman is a wise choice to be the leader of our science college, which is growing in stature and size. He is an internationally regarded scientist used to leading large projects. I'm pleased he will be applying those skills to leadership of the Mellon College of Science," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon.
Internationally recognized for his work in the field of high-energy particle physics, Gilman served as chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel from 1999 to 2005. The panel advises the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation on the nation's high-energy physics research. For the past decade, Gilman has been a senior science adviser to U.S. and Chinese scientists and funding agencies, which has resulted in increased collaboration in particle physics research.
"For close to a decade, Fred Gilman has provided strong leadership to Carnegie Mellon's Department of Physics and Mellon College of Science," said Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and senior vice president. "He has been at the helm for significant changes within the department, nurturing its growth in emerging fields such as biophysics and cosmology. As acting dean, he has effectively led the college during a time of transition. It will be exciting to see all he will accomplish as dean."
Gilman earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Michigan State University in 1962. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 1965, where his Ph.D. adviser was noted particle theorist Marvin L. Goldberger, a Carnegie Institute of Technology alumnus.
After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at CalTech, Gilman spent 23 years at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University, where he carried out research in theoretical high-energy physics, especially on the difference in the behavior of matter and anti-matter and the physics of heavy quarks.
In 1990, Gilman, a fellow of the American Physics Society, became associate director and head of the physics research division at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. He came to Carnegie Mellon as professor in 1995.
As dean, Gilman will be responsible for overseeing the education provided to 700 undergraduates and 250 graduate students in the college's four departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences and Physics. The Mellon College of Science has about 200 faculty members.
MCS develops innovative research and educational programs in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The College is also home to a number of well funded, highly interdisciplinary research centers, including: