Celebration of Scholarship

Keynote Speaker

2014 | 2013 | 2012

What Does it Mean to be a Scholar in the 21st Century

Eric D. Isaacs

Eric D. Isaacs, a prominent University of Chicago physicist, is President of UChicago Argonne, LLC, and Director of Argonne National Laboratory. Before becoming Argonne Director, Isaacs served as Argonne's deputy laboratory director for programs, with responsibility for leading the laboratory's strategic planning process and overseeing the laboratory directed research and development program as well as its educational programs. Earlier he distinguished himself both as director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne and as professor of physics in the University of Chicago's James Franck Institute. During his 13-year tenure at Bell Laboratories, he was a member of the technical staff, director of the Materials Physics Research Department and director of the Semiconductor Physics Department.

He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 in the area of magnetic semiconductors and was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories (1988-1990) studying magnetism and correlated electronic systems, mostly with synchrotron-based X-ray techniques. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He is author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers and presentations. Dr. Isaacs received an honorary doctorate from Lewis University in December 2009.