Eric Michielssen Named Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing

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Eric Michielssen

Professor Eric Michielssen was recently named Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research, Advanced Research Computing (ARC). His appointment will be effective Aug. 1, 2013.

ARC logoAs AVP, Prof. Michielssen will work with the campus research community to ensure that U-M’s advanced research computing infrastructure meets the complex and evolving needs of University researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Prof. Michielssen will oversee Advanced Research Computing at U-M (ARC), which provides high-performance computing services; support for connecting to advanced computing resources; and workshops, speakers and conferences to enrich the advanced computing research community. [More about ARC]

Prof. Michielssen is a faculty member in the Radiation Laboratory. His research interests include all aspects of theoretical and applied computational electromagnetics, as well as development of fast frequency and time-domain integral equation-based techniques for analyzing electromagnetic phenomena. He is also engaged in the development of robust optimizers for the synthesis of electromagnetic/optical devices.

He has authored or co-authored nearly 180 journal articles, 11 book chapters, five books, and more than 300 conference papers; edited numerous books; and served as editor for several journals including currently as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Numerical Modeling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Prof. Michielssen came to U-M from UIUC in 2005, having held a variety of positions there including associate director of the Center for Computational Electromagnetics.

Prof. Michielssen will succeed Kenneth G. Powell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering, who has been interim AVP since September 2012. Originally known as the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure, ARC was founded in 2008 by Dan Atkins, former dean of the School of Information and inaugural leader of the NSF’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure.

The position was announced by Stephen Forrest, VP for Research and William Gould Dow Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Forrest stated, "With his vision and accomplishments in the use of advanced computation, Prof. Michielssen is perfectly positioned to build on the momentum of this expanding initiative. Providing advanced research computing resources across all campuses and disciplines is vital to our competitive position and success as a top-tier institution of higher education, and OVPR’s ability to do so will be greatly enhanced by Prof. Michielssen’s leadership."


Adapted from the original post by Dan Meisler