Contact: John K. McIver, 277-2616 or
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

Jan. 5, 2001

McIver appointed UNM interim vice provost for research

John K. McIver has been appointed University of New Mexico interim vice provost for Research effective Jan. 2, said Brian L. Foster, UNM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

McIver will serve in this capacity until the position is filled permanently which is expected to occur by late spring or early summer. McIver has served as chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department at UNM since 1997. He will still hold the titles of professor of Physics and Astronomy and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Jack McIver is an extraordinarily thoughtful and articulate spokesperson for research at UNM and he is a superb manager. We are fortunate to have Jack’s help at this critical time in our strategic planning process,” Foster said.

“I am delighted that I will be able to serve in the capacity as interim vice provost of Research,” McIver said.

He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester in New York.

McIver was a liaison officer with the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, United States Air Force, London, UK, from 1995-97. He served as associate professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at UNM from 1987-93. He was an assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNM from 1984-87. From 1980-84 he was a senior research associate at the UNM Institute for Modern Optics. From 1979-80 he was research associate at Arizona Research Laboratories at the University of Arizona. He was a National Academy of Sciences Exchange Scientist at the P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow, USSR from 1978-79.

McIver’s interests include laser physics, nonlinear optics, interaction of intense electromagnetic fields with condensed matter, delay-differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, symmetries of nonlinear partial-differential equations. He has published more than 120 refereed and invited articles and conference contributions. He is a member of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America.

He is currently the primary investigator (PI) or co-PI on five contracts to support research in the interaction of laser pulses with condensed matter and overtone lasing. One contract supports collaborative research with scientists in the Uzbechi Academy of Sciences on intense field interactions with atoms. He has had continual support for his research during the twenty years that he has been UNM.

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