Stuart Wolf Named New Leader of U.Va.'s Nanotechnology Efforts
Nanotechnology institute has new director, new focus.
Posted February 13, 2008, 1:55 PM EST
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Stuart Wolf, a professor in both the
Wolf was formally introduced as director during a reception on February 12 in the Atrium of Wilsdorf Hall. At the event, Wolf shared his vision for the future of the institute, which includes a more multidisciplinary focus to nano and quantum science and technology research and education, and new research directions, to include nanoelectronics, medicine, energy and the environment.
"NanoSTAR will push the frontiers of science, technology and medicine using the best people, tools and ideas," said Wolf. “The goal is to turn innovation and invention into convention.”
Wolf noted his plans to solicit faculty feedback and forge ties between the College of Arts & Sciences,
One of nanoSTAR’s primary aims will be to encourage collaborative research. In keeping with this, Wolf announced nanoSTAR’s plan to support such research with small seed grants. The grants will be dispersed to research projects on the basis of their technological merit, multidisciplinary nature, and prospect of attracting external funding. Wolf also said that nanoSTAR hopes to facilitate multi-school funding proposals.
Wolf came to U.Va. as a research professor in 2003 and became a full professor with a joint appointment in physics and materials science and engineering in 2004. He has been building research capacity in nanotechnology research through U.Va.'s
"Stuart Wolf is recognized as a world leader in spintronics," said R. Ariel Gomez, vice president for research and graduate studies. "His track record of innovation in this area, his proven leadership at DARPA and his vision for nanoSTAR as a catalyst for multi-school research and education uniquely position him to lead the next phase of the institute's cutting-edge research initiatives."