Dean of College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ian M. Robertson is the Dean of the College of Engineering and a professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to this he was a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a Donald B. Willett professor of engineering at the University of Illinois and served, 2011-2013 as the Director of the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation. He joined the University of Illinois in 1982 as a post-doctoral fellow and was appointed as an assistant professor in 1984, associate professor in 1989, professor in 1995, and served as Head of the Department from 2005-2009. He received a B.Sc. degree (first class) in Applied Physics from Strathclyde University, Glasgow Scotland in 1978 and his D.Phil (Metallurgy) from the University of Oxford in 1982. He is a member of TMS, MRS, AAAS and a fellow of ASM. His research focuses on the use of the electron microscope as an experimental laboratory in which dynamic experiments can be conducted to reveal the atomistic processes responsible for the macroscopic response of a material. He has applied this technique to enhance our understanding of the reaction pathways and kinetics that occur during deformation, phase transformation, irradiation and hydrogen embrittlement of metallic materials. His insight to the mechanisms responsible for hydrogen embrittlement of metals was recognized by the Department of Energy in 1984 when he, along with Howard Birnbaum, received the DOE prize for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Metallurgy and Ceramics. In 2011, he received the DOE EE Fuel Cell Program award for contributions to our understanding of mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement. He was selected recently as the 2014 recipient of the ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship. He was a Principal Editor for the Journal of Materials Research from 1995 - 2011, and a Key Reader for Metallurgical Transactions from 1994 to 2011, and in 2009 become a member of the editorial board of Microscopy Today and Editor-in-Chief of the review journal Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science.