Jiles to serve as Jefferson Science Fellow for U.S. State Department

David C. Jiles
David C. Jiles

AMES, IA — David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow as a scientific adviser to the Department of State.

“I feel very honored to represent Iowa State University as a Jefferson Fellow,” Jiles said. “I am grateful for the support and encouragement of my colleagues from the ISU community and other colleagues, without which this would not be possible.”

Jiles, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor, will begin his one-year appointment in Washington D.C. in August, 2016. Following his fellowship year, Jiles will return to ECpE as a Distinguished Professor.

The Jefferson Science Fellowship program is administered by the United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The fellowship is open to tenured faculty from institutions of higher learning and was established in 2003 to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise within the U.S. Department of State and USAID.

“I look forward to beginning my appointment next year, and to serving the Department of State and USAID.” Jiles said.

Jiles began his appointment as chair of ECpE and inaugural Palmer Endowed Chair on October 1, 2010. He served as director of the Wolfson Centre for Magnetics and a professor at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom prior to his appointment. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Physical Society (APS), among others.

Jiles’s involvement with the National Academy of Engineering continues a long tradition of ECpE and NAE cooperation. Three former faculty, Paul Anderson, Aziz Fouad, and Vijay Vittal have been elected NAE members.

For more information on the Jefferson Science Fellowship, visit the National Academies Website.

One thought on “Jiles to serve as Jefferson Science Fellow for U.S. State Department

  1. Professor Jiles: Delighted to hear of your appointment to the DOS Jefferson Fellowship. I looked at the list of other appointees and think you will certainly be stimulated…
    I can’t claim any special governmental connections but do work closely with IEEE-USA– I have been a member of their Energy Policy Committee for about 26 of the last 31 years. It would be interesting for that Committee to hear a bit about the duties of the Jefferson Fellows; if your schedule permits, for example, it would be interesting to have you talk to the Committee at one of their meetings. Such talks usually are scheduled for the lunch hour, at the IEEE-USA offices (2001 L Street, 7th floor). The Committee meets four or five times a year. Let me know if that sounds interesting, and we will look for an opportunity.
    On another topic, I found the CONNECTIONS article on Dr. Walsh most interesting; Dr. Boast was Department chair when I graduated (FYI, I attended his retirement dinner with Glen Hillesland), and I met Aziz Fouad and Glenn Murphy (and also Paul Anderson) as part of the connection between my employer, Commonwealth Edison (now Exelon) and ISU during the 1970’s. I certainly concur with Dr. Walsh’s assessment of ISU people.
    Jim Fancher
    BSEE ’56

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