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NDEE Administration Changes

Leslie Lestinsky • DATE: July 5, 2019

NDEE professor Gregory Snider has been appointed Department of Electrical Engineering (NDEE) chair by College of Engineering dean, Tom Fuja, effective July 1, 2019.

“As the Director of the Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility, Greg was at ‘ground zero’ in the tremendous growth in NDEE’s semiconductor research program, and as the director of graduate studies, he demonstrated exceptional skill as an administrator,” said Fuja. “I know that Greg will lead the department to even greater success going forward.”

Snider, an NDEE faculty member for 25 years, brings to the role a wealth of administrative experience. He served as director of graduate studies for ten years and as director of the Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility for five. He is a highly regarded researcher in electronic materials and devices and was recently elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE) with the citation "For contributions to single-electron based computing technology.”

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NDEE chair Gregory Snider with NDEE graduate student, Matthew Filmer

He is seen by colleagues as not only an extraordinary researcher but also an excellent teacher. Snider pioneered NDEE’s distinctive Integrated Circuit Fabrication course. He is also the recipient of the NDEE Department Award (twice), a Kaneb Teaching Award and the University of Notre Dame Graduate School’s Director of Graduate Studies Award in 2014.

 “My predecessors have laid a solid foundation for the department that I will strive to continue to build upon,” said Snider.  “Our robust research program, led by collaborative and supportive faculty and staff, propels the increasing influence of NDEE around the globe.”

This work includes large centers, such as ASCENT, NDnano, and the Wireless Institute, across the spectrum to smaller faculty-led groups and individual projects.

“Together, this network of diverse research provides a wide range of exceptional opportunities for graduate as well as undergraduate students,” said Snider. “I look forward to serving the NDEE community in this role as we continue to move ahead.”

Snider recently announced two other significant administration changes, under his direction.

NDEE professor Scott Howard

NDEE professor Scott Howard will be taking on a new departmental service position of diversity and inclusion coordinator.

Howard has been NDEE faculty since 2011 and was promoted to associate professor in 2017. Among his many career achievements is receiving the NDEE Outstanding Teacher Award in 2017.

It's crucial that the department does everything we can to actively create a place where every student feels welcome and supported. We also must be intentional in our efforts to strengthen our department by creating an inclusive environment that allows us to recruit the best faculty and students in the world, especially from under-represented groups,” explained Howard.

NDEE professor Nick Laneman.

NDEE professor Nick Laneman accepted the position of associate chair for graduate studies, effective August 1.  

Laneman has been NDEE faculty since 2002 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2014. He has served as director or co-director of the Wireless Institute since 2010.  He is an IEEE fellow and a recipient of the Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, to name a few of his many career achievements.

“My grad school days were some of the most challenging and enjoyable of my education," explained Laneman. "In this new role, I look forward to recruiting top students into our program and helping foster similar experiences for each of them.”

NDEE office administrator, Laura Doverspike.

On June 10th, Laura Doverspike came on board as the department’s new office administrator. Doverspike has been with the university since 2005.

She joins NDEE from the Office of Human Resources, where she worked since 2008, most recently as a finance coordinator. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College and IU South Bend.