Dean J. Murray Gibson, Ph.D.
J. Murray Gibson is dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, a unique institution which produces engineers for Florida A&M and Florida State universities. It is the only joint college in the nation and focuses on underrepresented minority students in its recruitment and retention efforts at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Since his appointment in 2016, he has led the college to a 19-point rise in national rankings and development of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Gibson previously served five years as the Founding Dean of the Northeastern University College of Science.
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). 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.
Gibson holds a Ph.D. 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 more than 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.