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Abbas Ourmazd

Professional & Academic Appointments:




























































  Department of Physics

2005 - Present

Distinguished Professor of Physics & Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Research in structure & conformations of biological assemblies

2005 - 2007

Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering

Responsible for leading research and graduate education at UWM; Launched Research Growth Initiative; Raised funds & initiated UWM Research Foundation; Launched programmatic reviews & hiring initiatives; Strengthened IP portfolio management and collaborations with industry

1999 - 2007

Chairman, Lesswire AG, Germany

High tech start-up founded in 1999; Winner of multiple innovation prizes

Co-founded company; Recruited top management team

Raised two rounds of venture funding; Sold to private investors

1995 - 2005

Chair, Brandenburg Technical University, Germany                                

Personal research: Electron holography; Wireless communication technologies

Other activities: Hired multiple senior faculty; Established joint labs with national laboratories; Secured multimillion dollar funding; Initiated, helped define and launched new BS/MS/PhD programs; Established international collaborations and exchange programs with academic institutions in USA, Europe, and Far East

2002 - 2004

Chairman & CEO, CST AG, Germany

Semiconductor foundry start-up launched in 2001

Co-founded company; Raised $350M private capital, $320M EU incentives; Recruited top management team; Took over as CEO in 2002 at investor request; Restructured Company; Company sold to private investors in 2006  

1995 – 2002

Director, IHP, Germany

National Laboratory with focus on semiconductor science

Restructured into leading institution in communications technologies & systems; Raised $300M from State & Fed. sources; Constructed new facilities; Developed, licensed, and transferred technologies to leading companies, incl. ASM, Intel, & Motorola; Incubated and initiated start-ups  

1994 - 1995

Head, Wireless Strategy, AT&T / Bell Laboratories, USA

Responsible for R&D strategy in wireless communication

1987 - 1994

Head, Microphysics Research, Bell Laboratories, USA

Responsible for R&D and technology transfer in microelectronics

1984 - 1987

Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, USA

Fundamental research in solid-state processes at the atomic level

1983 - 1984

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Göttingen University, Germany


1980 - 1983

Fellow and Member of Governing Body, Merton College, Oxford

Other Appointments & Activities

2006 – 2010

Committee on International Scientific Affairs, American Physical Society  (Chair in 2009)

2005 – 2008

Oversight Committee; Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory

National effort funded by the US National Science Foundation


1996 - 2002

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Technology

State of Brandenburg, Germany


1994 - 1996

Review Board, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


1994 - 1996

Physics Planning Committee, American Physical Society


1992 - 1995

Senior Technical Advisory Board, Semiconductor Research Corporation

Responsible for funding research to enhance national competitiveness in microelectronics


1994 - 1995

Chair, Forum on Industrial & Applied Physics, American Physical Society

Helped launch and grow to 5000 members, the largest Forum in the APS


1993 - 1995

Advisory Board, US National Renewable Energy Laboratories


1990 - 2002

Editorial Board, Semiconductor Science and Technology



Selection Committee, Science Fellows for the US Congress



Chair, Committee on Applications of Physics, American Physical Society



Chair, Review Board (Materials), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory



Advisory Board, US Naval Research National Laboratory



Program Review Board, US Dept of Energy



Academic and Related Activities

· Over 130 technical papers in reviewed international publications, 10 patents filed or granted

· Over 250 invited presentations at national & international meetings, seminars and colloquia

· Member of numerous organizing/advisory committees of international conferences

· Fellow of the American Physical Society



1976 - 1980

Doctorate (D.Phil.); Wolfson College, Oxford

1973 - 1976

B.A. Honors in Physics (First Class); Corpus Christi College, Oxford

1969 - 1973        

Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts, England