Head of the Department of Physics

Professor Jordan Nash, currently Head of the High Energy Physics group, has accepted the appointment as Head of the Department of Physics from 1 July 2014.

After a first degree at Carnegie-Mellon and a PhD from Stanford Professor Nash worked as a Scientific Associate at CERN and then joined Imperial College in 1992.  He was appointed as a Lecturer in 1994 and promoted to Reader in 2000.  He has been head of the High Energy Physics group since 2007. 

His research areas have included precision measurements in electroweak interactions and matter-antimatter asymmetry, and searches for Beyond Standard Model physics.  He held a PPARC Lecturer fellowship working at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center on the BaBar experiment, and a CERN Senior Staff Scientist post working on the preparation of the CMS experiment at the LHC and leading the project preparing the upgrade of CMS for future high intensity running.

Professor Nash will succeed Professor Joanna Haigh FRS, who has served as Head of the Department of Physics since January 2009.

Appointment of the next President

Professor Alice P. Gast, currently President of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, has accepted appointment as the next President of Imperial College London in succession to Sir Keith O’Nions. Professor Gast will take up the appointment in September 2014.

Professor Gast has served as President of Lehigh University since 2006 following appointments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was Vice President for Research and Associate Provost and held the Robert T. Haslam chair in chemical engineering. She was previously at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001 as a professor of chemical engineering and as affiliated faculty at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. She has been a US Science Envoy to Central Asia and is currently a Board Director of the Chevron Corporation and Trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Professor Gast’s appointment concludes an international search for Imperial’s next President conducted by the Appointing Committee established by the Council in April 2012.

Professor Gast’s full biography is available at: www.imperial.ac.uk/president/president-designate