Bird appointed Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering

by Jane Stoyle Welch

Published September 1, 2017

Jonathan Bird

Jonathan Bird, an international expert in the field of experimental nanoelectronics, has been named as the new chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering in UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

“Jon has an extraordinary track record as a faculty member, and I am confident that the Department of Electrical Engineering will continue on its strong upward trajectory under his leadership.”
Liesl Folks, dean
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

For over 20 years, Bird has been involved in the development of novel devices for application to technologies such as terahertz-based communications and spintronics, and in the study of fundamental quantum phenomena at the nanoscale. He is the co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, five issued patents, and of undergraduate and graduate texts.

He has received $16M in funding since 1997 from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Semiconductor Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation, and has served as the thesis advisor to more than 20 PhD students. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012.

Prior to joining the University at Buffalo in 2004, Professor Bird was at Arizona State University for seven years, and spent several years in Japan at the University of Tsukuba and the Frontier Research Program of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN). He obtained his B.Sc. and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, in 1986 and 1990, respectively.

“Jon has an extraordinary track record as a faculty member, and I am confident that the Department of Electrical Engineering will continue on its strong upward trajectory under his leadership,” said Liesl Folks, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Professor Bird takes on the position formerly held by Professor Stella Batalama, who led the department for six years.