Senior Vice Provost for Research
Robert Buhrman is the John Edson Sweet Professor of Engineering in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics and since September 1, 2007 the Senior Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University. Immediately prior to assuming that position, Buhrman was the founding Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems in Information Technologies, which is a National Science Foundation and New York State supported multidisciplinary research center that was established at Cornell in 2001.
Buhrman has been a member of the Cornell Faculty since 1973. He served as Director of Applied and Engineering Physics from 1988 to 1998. His research is in the area of applied condensed matter physics and nanoscale science and engineering, with a current focus on nanomagnetic materials and devices. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2000 he was the recipient of the College of Engineering Dorothy and Fred Chau Distinguished Teaching Award.
Buhrman’s recent professional service activities include service on the NSF/DARPA WTEC Panel on Spin Electronics (2001-2003) and Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials (2003 – ). Buhrman has supervised the thesis research of 37 PhD graduates and the post-graduate research of 12 post-doctoral scholars. Buhrman has authored or co-authored over 190 publications to date, which in total have received more than 10,000 citations in the scientific and engineering literature.