Randy Heflin, professor of physics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been named the college's associate dean for research and graduate studies.
Heflin replaces Tim Long, professor of chemistry, who held the position since 2011.
As a member of the dean’s leadership and advisory team, Heflin will be responsible for enhancing research and graduate training in all college programs.
“Randy has taught some of the key courses for our new degree in nanoscience,” said Lay Nam Chang, dean of the College of Science. “He is a well-respected researcher who co-wrote the book, ‘Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology’ (with Stephane Evoy and Max Di Ventra) and I’m confident his experience and his visionary commitment to integrated science will serve the college and its students exceedingly well.”
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1992, Heflin's research interests include nonlinear optical and optoelectronic properties of organic self-assembled and nanoscale materials and he currently holds three patents.
Heflin received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the College of William and Mary and his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania.