Signals — Spring 2015

Note from the department head

David Lilja

Spring just ended in Minnesota, and we have transitioned to summer. One of the most enjoyable transitions for me each year is the college’s commencement ceremony. I have had the opportunity to attend about ten commencements as a representative of the department. After each of these events, I come away feeling more energized and optimistic about what is yet to come as I see the tremendous accomplishments of our graduating seniors and the obvious joy of their friends and family.

Our future is being passed into good hands. This is also a time of transition for the department’s leadership. The last day of my term as head of the department was June 30. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead our outstanding faculty, staff, and students for the past ten years. Thanks to the hard work, commitment, and dedication of many people the department is in great shape, making this a good time for me to pass the reins on to someone else. I am excited to return to those activities which originally drew me to a career as a professor — teaching and research — and to have time again to work more closely with our
students.

Professor Randall Victora has been chosen by Dean Steven Crouch to serve as our next department head. Professor Victora is a long-time member of the department who specializes in the theory and modeling of magnetic materials. He has received numerous awards for his research, is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Physical Society, has served as the President of the IEEE Magnetics society, and has served as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies for several years. I know that he will bring a fresh perspective to the department’s administration, and will lead us to even greater success and prominence.

I end my final column in this newsletter with a special thank you to our alumni, friends, and supporters for your generous contributions over many years. Your support has been critical to giving our students exciting new opportunities, and that extra edge to push us all from very good to excellent. One of the real pleasures of this job has been getting to know so many of you personally. Thank you.

David J. Lilja
Louis J. Schnell Professor

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