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Endowed Chairs & Professors

The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland boasts more than two dozen endowed faculty chairs and professorships. Receiving an endowed chair or professorship is one of the highest honors bestowed on faculty members and provide them with a stable source of revenue for their research program. We are grateful for the loyal support of the donors who created these endowed faculty positions that promote excellence in teaching and research.

Creating an endowed chair or professorship is one of the most significant investments you can make to our college. They confer prestige to the holder and the institution, and they provide the college with an extremely valuable tool in recruiting and retaining the best faculty. If you are interested in creating an endowed chair or professorship that fits your personal passion and intention, please contact Andrea Morris at aemorris@umd.edu or 301-405-4572.

 

Millard Alexander Professorship in Chemistry 
Holder: John T. Fourkas, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology
Millard Alexander, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, established this fund in August 2003 to support a professor of chemistry.

 

Andrew and Mary Balo & Nicholas and Susan Simon Endowed E-Nnovate Chair
Andrew (B.S. ’70, microbiology) and Mary Balo joined forces with Nicholas (B.S. ’76, microbiology) and Susan Simon in 2016 to create the university's first endowed chair in the life sciences, emphasizing research on human health and/or disease. Their donations were matched by funding from the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI).

 

Eugenia Brin Professorship
Holder: Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Eugenia Brin, who retired after a successful career as a climate and weather forecasting scientist at NASA, established this fund in June 2007 to support data assimilation research aimed at improving weather prediction and climate studies. The fund supports graduate students, known as Lev Gandin fellows, who research data assimilation. 

 

Michael Brin Endowed Chair in Mathematics
Holder: Vadim Kaloshin, Professor of Mathematics
Michael Brin, a professor emeritus of mathematics who joined the UMD faculty in 1980 and retired in 2011, established this fund in April 2005. The holder shall be chosen strictly on the basis of demonstrated exceptional mathematical ability, achievement, potential, and leadership in mathematical research and education, in a vital field at the heart of mathematics. 

 

Michael and Eugenia Brin Endowed Chair in Mathematics 
Michael and Eugenia Brin established this fund in April 2015 to support a chair in the Department of Mathematics. The holder shall be chosen strictly on the basis of demonstrated exceptional mathematical ability, achievement, potential, and leadership in mathematical research and education, in a vital field at the heart of mathematics. Michael is a professor emeritus of mathematics who joined the UMD faculty in 1980 and retired in 2011; his wife Eugenia is retired following a successful career as a climate and weather forecasting scientist at NASA. 

 

Michael and Eugenia Brin Endowed E-Nnovate Chair in Mathematics 
Michael and Eugenia Brin established this fund in April 2015 to support a chair in the Department of Mathematics. Their donation was matched by funding from the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI). Michael is a professor emeritus of mathematics who joined the UMD faculty in 1980 and retired in 2011; his wife Eugenia is retired following a successful career as a climate and weather forecasting scientist at NASA. 

 

Anthony Campobassi Professorship in Theoretical Physics
This fund will be created by a bequest from an anonymous donor to support a professorship in theoretical physics. 

 

Capital One Endowed Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Science
Capital One believes that machine learning, data analytics and cybersecurity represent some of the most critical areas for 21st century technology investment. This fund supports the future direction of research, teaching and learning in these fields. 

 

Darnell/Kanal Professorship in Computer Science 
Holder: Daniel Abadi, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Christopher Darnell established this fund in July 2006 to honor Computer Science Professor Laveen N. Kanal and support research in the Department of Computer Science.      

 

Ruth M. Davis Professorship in Mathematics
Holder: Jonathan Rosenberg, Professor of Mathematics
Ruth M. Davis (M.A.’52, mathematics, Ph.D. ’55, mathematics) established this fund in July 2003 to support a professorship in the Department of Mathematics. 

 

Nathan Drake Endowed Chair
This fund will be established by a bequest from an anonymous donor. This chair was created in grateful recognition of Nathan Drake for his efforts to make a good department even better. Drake joined the Department of Chemistry in 1926 and served as department chair from 1940 until his death in 1959. He was a tremendous mentor, researcher and educator. This fund will support the recruitment and retention of an outstanding organic chemistry faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

 

James B. Gahan and Margaret H. Gahan Professorship in Entomology 
This fund was established in 2010 through a bequest from Margaret H. Gahan.  

 

George and Christine Gloeckler Endowed Chair in Physics
This fund will be established by a bequest from Distinguished University Professor Emeritus George Gloeckler and his wife Christine to support a professorship in physics, preferably in space physics, astrophysics or cosmology.

 

Reginald Allan Hahne Endowed E-Nnovate Professorship
Holder: Matthias Zwicker, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Elizabeth Iribe established this fund to support research in virtual reality. The professorship honors Reginald "Reg" Allan Hahne, the 32-year veteran of Howard County Public Schools who was her son Brendan Iribe’s computer science teacher in high school. This donation was matched by funding from the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI). More info: https://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/3827 

 

Dr. William J. Higgins Scholar-Teacher Fund
Holder: Scott Juntti, assistant professor of biology
The Dr. William J. Higgins Scholar-Teacher Fund was created in 2007 by Julius Hyatt, D.D.S. (B.S. ’80, zoology) and supported by dozens of alumni. This fund supports an outstanding Department of Biology faculty member who excels as a scientist and teacher. As the Department of Biology’s first endowed professorship, it honors William J. Higgins, the educator who has inspired generations of students to become successful researchers, dentists, physicians and other health care professionals. During his nearly 40 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology (formerly Department of Zoology), Higgins has guided countless students into the next phase of their careers through his teaching, advising, and mentoring. More info: https://go.umd.edu/higginsfund 

 

Phillip H. and Catherine C. Horvitz Professorship in Computer Science 
Phillip Horvitz (B.S. ’75, computer science) established this fund in December 2003. 

 

Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe E-Nnovate Chair for Computer Science 
Elizabeth Iribe established this fund in October 2014 to provide support for the department chair of computer science. Her donation was matched by funding from the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI).

 

Paul Chrisman Iribe Endowed E-Nnovate Professorship in Computer Science
Elizabeth Iribe established this professorship in honor of her brother, Paul Chrisman Iribe. The fund was established in April 2016 to provide support for a professor of computer science. Her donation was matched by funding from the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI). 

 

Yu Yuen Kit and Yuen Sang So Endowed Professorship 
Holder: Edward Ott, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Physics, and the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
Paul T.M. So (Ph.D. ’95, physics) and his family established this fund in March 2011 to support a professorship in non-linear dynamics. 

 

Monroe H. Martin Professorship 
Holder: Garegin Papoian, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology
Professor Emeritus Monroe H. Martin established the fund through his estate in September 2004 to support a professorship in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. Martin played a seminal role in the development of mathematics and physical sciences at UMD. 

 

Jack and Rita G. Minker Professorship in Computer Science
Holder: Mohammad Hajiaghayi, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Computer Science Professor Emeritus Jack Minker established this fund in 1992 to support a professor of computer science. This professorship honors the pioneering contributions of Jack’s wife Rita Minker in the early development of computer science and Jack for his research in artificial intelligence and his work in support of human rights for scientists. 

  

Richard E. Prange Endowed Chair in Physics
Holder: Sankar Das Sarma, Distinguished University Professor of Physics
Madeleine M. Joullie established this fund in March 2010 to support a chair in physics. This fund honors her late husband, UMD Physics Professor Richard E. Prange. 

 

E.F. Redish Endowed Professorship in Science Education 
This fund was established in September 2011 by Department of Physics Professor Edward F. Redish and his wife, Janice, to support a faculty member whose research program focuses significantly on science education, with a special emphasis on the understanding of teaching and learning in science, mathematics or engineering. 

 

Bice Sechi-Zorn Professorship in Experimental Physics
Holder: Christopher Monroe, Distinguished University Professor of Physics
This fund was established in February 2002 as the Gus T. Zorn and Bice Sechi-Zorn Professorship in Experimental Physics, through the estate of Department of Physics Professor Emeritus Gus T. Zorn. Zorn’s wife, the late Bice Sechi-Zorn, was also a UMD Professor of Physics. In April 2005, the fund was split into two professorships at the request of the Department of Physics. 

 

John S. Toll Professorship 
Holder: Raman Sundrum, Distinguished University Professor of Physics
Faculty, staff and administrators established this fund in 1990 to support a distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This fund honors John S. Toll’s years of service in the department and as president of UMD. He was a physicist, scholar and educator whose many achievements included the development of physics at UMD from a small department to one of the largest and finest in the nation. 

 

Alford L. Ward Professorship
Holders: Vladimir Manucharyan and James Williams, Assistant Professors of Physics
This fund was established in November 1986 as the Alford L. Ward Professorship in Semiconductor Physics and Engineering. Alford Ward (B.S. ’49, physics, Ph.D. ’54, physics) was a physicist at the Army’s Harry Diamond Laboratory and an expert in the field of gaseous electronics and semiconductor devices. In 1996, a University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors resolution split the fund, creating the Alford L. Ward Professorship in Physics and the Alford L. Ward Professorship in Engineering. The physics fund supports the appropriate educational and research expenses of faculty members in the Department of Physics, preferably in semiconductor physics. 

 

Gus T. Zorn Professorship in Experimental Physics
Holder: Abolhassan Jawahery, Distinguished University Professor of Physics
This fund was established in February 2002 as the Gus T. Zorn and Bice Sechi-Zorn Professorship in Experimental Physics, through the estate of Department of Physics Professor Emeritus Gus T. Zorn. Zorn’s wife, the late Bice Sechi-Zorn, was also a UMD Professor of Physics. In April 2005, the fund was split into two professorships at the request of the Department of Physics.