Xiao named interim associate dean for research

Zhili Xiao

Zhili Xiao

Zhili Xiao, an NIU Board of Trustees Professor of physics, has accepted an appointment as interim associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Xiao is stepping into a role that was filled by Lesley Rigg, who is now serving as interim vice president for research and graduate studies. Xiao’s appointment begins in January and will conclude when Rigg returns, which is expected to by July 1.

“Dr. Xiao brings extraordinary research credentials to the role,” said Chris McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Xiao holds a joint appointment with the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, and works in materials science and nanoscience. His work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA.”

Xiao was named a Presidential Research Professor in 2010 and a Board of Trustees Professor earlier this year.

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