Professor Sue Carter appointed associate dean of graduate studies

To: UC Santa Cruz Faculty

From: Tyrus Miller, vice provost and dean, graduate studies

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Carter, professor of physics, as associate dean of graduate studies, effective October 1, 2014.

As associate dean of graduate studies, Professor Carter will provide additional faculty leadership in the Graduate Division.  She will be dedicating particular attention to building UC Santa Cruz’s graduate support in areas such as external fellowships, dissertation support grants, internships, and professional development.  She will also help lead the Graduate Division’s collaborations with the Office of Research to increase research- and training-grants that support graduate students at UC Santa Cruz.  These efforts will be crucial to achieving the campus's goals of strengthening UC Santa Cruz’s graduate programs across the disciplines.

Professor Carter earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a postdoctoral fellow and IBM Almaden Research Center as a visiting researcher before joining the faculty in 1995.  Her research focuses on thin film optoelectronic devices and technologies for sustainability.  She has served as Chair of the Graduate Council and Vice Chair of the Committee of Planning and Budget and is currently the Chair of the American Physical Society Group for Energy Research. 

She has also been actively involved with entrepreneurship, launching three start-up companies ranging from photovoltaic technologies to K-12 science education.