Beate Schmittmann will become the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University on April 2, 2012. Schmittmann has been a member of the physics faculty at Virginia Tech University since 1991 and department chairwoman since 2006.
Schmittmann earned a diploma in physics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany; and doctorate in physics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Former LAS dean Michael Whiteford retired from the university on June 30. David Oliver, professor of genetics, development and cell biology and associate dean for research in the college, is serving as interim dean.
“Members of our campus community were excited to meet and listen to Dr. Schmittmann, and I share that enthusiasm,” said Elizabeth Hoffman, ISU executive vice president and provost. “She brings an outstanding background as a distinguished computational physicist, chair of a major department of physics and a leader in Virginia Tech’s ADVANCE program. Thus, she combines research and educational excellence, administrative excellence and a commitment to diversity in STEM fields that is unparalleled. She will be a great asset to the Iowa State family.”
Previously, Schmittmann served as a research associate (1984-86) and assistant professor (1986-91) at the Institute for Theoretical Physics III, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Her research interests are in statistical physics and biological physics.