Two faculty members honored with Dickson Emeriti Professorships

George Brown
Donald Wiberg

Two UCSC faculty members have been honored with emeriti professorships for the 2010-11 academic year. George Brown, professor emeritus of physics, and Donald Wiberg, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, were each awarded Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships in recognition of their outstanding achievements in scholarship and teaching.

Brown, who served as UCSC's vice provost for academic affairs from 2000 to 2005, received two Excellence in Teaching Awards as a professor of physics. He has been recalled from retirement to update, refine, and teach in the undergraduate laboratory program for the Department of Physics, which he chaired from 1996 to 2000. He has also recently served as an advisor to the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University, was a researcher at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s, and served on the applied physics faculty at Stanford University before joining the UCSC faculty in 1990. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1985.

Wiberg retired in 1994 from UCLA where he was a professor of engineering and applied science, as well as a professor of anesthesiology. In 2000, he came to UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering, where he does research and teaching in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He is also affiliated with the Center for Adaptive Optics. A Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Wiberg served as an IEEE Congressional Fellow to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in 1995.

Dickson Emeritus Professorship Awards are awarded annually and funded by an endowment from the estate of former UC Regent Edward A. Dickson. The professorships make it possible for the university to retain the invaluable services of highly accomplished, retired faculty members for the benefit of its students.