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Dr. Clive Woods

Dr. R.C. Woods was born in Leicester, England, and studied at New College in the University of Oxford which awarded him Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In 1980 he was also awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University of Oxford for his fundamental research on magnetic resonance in rare earth metal alloys at Oxford's world-famous Clarendon Laboratory. Next followed a period as a postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Engineering Science Department, University of Oxford, where he worked on surface-acoustic wave signal-processing devices.

From 1982 to 1983, he was Senior Scientist at Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd., Towcester, specializing in semiconductor lasers and LED systems. He was then a Lecturer, and Senior Lecturer from 1993, (positions widely regarded as equivalent to U.S. Assistant and Associate Professor respectively) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. During this period, in 1989 he was awarded a British Association Fellowship, for several years he served as Associate Editor of the IEE Electronics and Communication Engineering Journal, and in 1995 he was Professeur Invité at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France. He was appointed Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 2002. In 2006 he was named as Department Chairman and Voorhies Distinguished Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He subsequently became the most successful Department Chairman in the Department's history when under his leadership the Department achieved its best-ever performance before or since.

He is an invited member of the international awarding committee for Marie Curie Fellowships supported by the European Commission in Brussels and of multiple research panels at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. He has current research interests in novel solid-state devices and device modeling, and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research publications in these and related fields. In 2005 he was awarded the D.Sc. Higher Doctorate by the University of Oxford in recognition of his distinguished research career spanning a number of years, and in 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the IET (formerly the IEE). He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ASEE.

In 2010 he was appointed Japan Program Director in the Office of International Science and Engineering at NSF, and subsequently assumed responsibility for the U.S. collaborative basic research programs in Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Mongolia, and Taiwan until 2014. He also led the NSF CNIC program for catalyzing new international collaborations, and was a member of the NSF Optics and Photonics Roadmap working group and the International Science and Engineering Strategic Planning group. For his work at NSF he received the NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for “exceptional teamwork in representing a model for a truly collaborative activity across the Foundation involving science, administration, and science diplomacy.”

Also an accomplished pianist, he has played at many public concerts in both Europe and North America, including New York City and London. He is particularly well-known as a soloist and as an accompanist for opera and choral works. He has recorded two commercially-produced CDs, and continues to perform regularly in the U.S.A. and in the U.K.. A theme he wrote was used in February 2010 as the basis of an improvisation by pianist Robert Levin at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore.

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