Tuominen new Associate Dean for Research and Innovation

Mark Touminen

Mark Tuominen has been named Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Natural Sciences, effective October 1, CNS Dean Tricia Serio has announced.

As a member of the Dean’s leadership team, Professor Tuominen will have broad responsibilities for the success of research and faculty advancement for the thirteen departments and two schools, encompassing more than 450 faculty, within CNS.

“Mark’s research career has epitomized excellence, innovation, and bold thinking, and, importantly, his achievements are coupled with a strong commitment to mentorship and the advancement of others,” Serio said. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with him to support the aspirations of this college and the inspiring people who make it a success.”

Tuominen, a professor of physics, has been at UMass Amherst since 1993. He received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and materials science and a PhD in physics from the University of Minnesota, and was a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University.

A fellow of the American Physical Society, Tuominen is also director of the NSF National Nanomanufacturing Network, co-director of the NSF NSEC Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, and co-director of MassNanoTech at UMass Amherst. He was an NSF National Young Investigator and a Cottrell Scholar, among other honors. At UMass Amherst, he was awarded a TEACHnology fellowship and an Outstanding College Teacher Award. He was an instrumental member of the team that created the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program in the College.