Michael Hildreth is appointed the next Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies effective July 1, 2016. He replaces Brian Baker, who steps down as associate dean after three years of leadership. Says Hildreth of his new role, “I’m excited and humbled by this opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of research at the College. I hope to help our faculty engage with the many new opportunities for collaboration and innovation that are presented by the rapid progress of all aspects of science. It should be fun.”
Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean, says Hildreth “is optimally poised to excel in this important role as we continue to grow as a research institution, building upon the extraordinary contributions of Brian Baker in the three years that Brian has served as Associate Dean.”
Hildreth has a strong research background and a broad range of experience, not only within his field, but also in service to the Department of Physics, the College, and the University. He was recently appointed to a three-year term serving on the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyber-Infrastructure.
Hildreth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Princeton University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1995. He was a senior fellow and guest scientist at Fermi National Laboratory and was scientific associate and physicist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hildreth joined the Department of Physics in 2000 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and the rank of professor in 2012.