Monday, October 1, 2012
Curtis Meyer Named MCS Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs
Physics Professor Curtis Meyer has been appointed the associate dean for faculty and graduate affairs for the Mellon College of Science. Meyer has been on the faculty for 19 years and brings strong academic and leadership experience to his new position, which he assumed in August 2012. Meyer succeeds Mathematical Sciences Professor Noel Walkington, who held the post since 2009.
“I'm looking forward to learning about the various and interesting things my colleagues across the college are doing, and I hope to have a positive impact on their activities,” Meyer said.
In addition to serving as associate dean, Meyer will continue teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as well as conducting medium-energy particle physics research. His research focuses on gaining a better understanding of elementary particles called quarks and gluons—the building blocks of protons and neutrons. To study these particles, Meyer uses advanced computer technologies and collider experiments at facilities including the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) in Newport News, Va. He is the spokesperson for the Department of Energy-funded GlueX experiment at JLab, which will investigate how the strong force confines quarks inside an atom’s nucleus. Meyer has been a major participant since GlueX’s inception in 1997. He also serves on a number of advisory committees for JLab, the Facility for Antiprotons and Ion Research in Germany, and the Department of Energy in the area of Nuclear Physics.
Meyer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and is the author or co-author of more than 250 publications. He has also written two undergraduate physics textbooks and is a well-respected teacher. In 2006 he received the Mellon College of Science’s Julius Ashkin Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2008 Carnegie Mellon’s William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching, the university’s most prestigious teaching honor. In addition to teaching undergraduates, Meyer has also mentored numerous Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Physics and served as CMU’s Chair of Graduate Admissions from 1998 to 2008.
Meyer received his doctorate in Particle Physics from U.C. Berkeley in 1987 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich prior to joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon in 1993.
For more information on Meyer, visit http://www.cmu.edu/physics/people/faculty/meyer.html