Dean J. Murray Gibson


J. Murray Gibson was appointed Dean of the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering July 1st 2016. Previously he served five years as the Founding Dean of the Northeastern University College of Science where he developed the foundational strategic plan working hand in hand with faculty, staff, students, other deans and external stakeholders. The plan became the blueprint for the hiring of more than 40 tenured/tenure-track faculty, including 10 joint appointments with other colleges. He managed a 50% increase both in the College's research funding and its undergraduate enrollment, the latter simultaneous with a substantial improvement in the quality of incoming undergraduates (an increase of 100 SAT points in five years). During this time of growth, Dean Gibson worked with faculty and staff to improve the undergraduate experience, including innovations to the college's experiential learning model.

As Director of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago between 2001 and 2010, Gibson developed the billion-dollar synchrotron x-ray source into the Western Hemisphere's largest scientific user facility (based on the number of users and publication output). His success was contingent on working to bring together academic and government stakeholders and ensure that creative experimentation was facilitated. In recent years two Nobel Prizes have been awarded based on research by APS scientific users.

Before joining Argonne as the Director of the Materials Science Division in 1998, Gibson spent seven years as a Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Gibson began his career at IBM Research, and then moved on to Bell Laboratories where he led the Electronic and Photonic Materials Research Department in Murray Hill, NJ. At Bell Laboratories, he developed an appreciation for the importance of interdisciplinary research, and has since made stimulating its development a top priority.

Gibson holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in England, and researches in Materials Science and Engineering. He has developed advanced microscopy and diffraction techniques to study structure at the atomic scale in materials, and to illuminate the relationship of important materials properties to structure. He has published over 200 journal papers, has five patents and has over 17,000 citations to his published work. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (where he has chaired the Physics Section), the American Physical Society and the Royal Microscopical Society. He received the Area Affirmative Action Award at Bell Laboratories for his efforts in mentoring. In his spare time he loves playing the piano, and has written, lectured and performed the "Physics of the Blues" which aims to illuminate the intimate connections between art and science.

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