William Skocpol

William Skocpol

Office: SCI, Room 205. 617-353-3782

Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30am-3:15pm, plus any other time that my door is open, which is most of the time.


Research Interests:

Departmental and University service activities only, since 1996. Knowledgeable about Nonequilibrium Superconductivity and Josephson Junctions (1970's at Harvard), Nanofabrication and Quantum Physics of Small Electronic Devices (1980-87 at Bell Labs Holmdel), High Tc Superconducting Thin Films (1987-1995 at Bell and then Boston University). Designed Optoelectronics Processing Facility (8th floor Photonics).


Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard, 1974 ;  M.A. in Physics, Harvard, 1971 ;  B.A. in Physics, Michigan State University, 1968


Born Akron Ohio, 1946. From Crete Nebraska (1948-1957); Dallas/Richardson Texas (1957-1964); worked summers at Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (now UTD), 1964,1965, 1966; attended Michigan State University 1964-1968; taught at St. Agnes High School, Flint Michigan, 1968-1969, grad school and junior faculty at Harvard University 1969-1980;  AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, N.J. 1980-19987; Boston University 1987-present.


Danforth Fellowship to Harvard grad school 1969-1973

Paul Rappaport Award, 1985, Best Paper in IEEE Electron Devices Society Journal.

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, 1987.

APS Fellow.

APS Referee career award

I teach introductory physics courses (PY105, 106, 211, 212, 313) and serve as Faculty Director of the Physics Department. I negotiate who teaches what, and supervise course scheduling. I analyze departmental trends based on accumulated data, and deal with special projects regarding space, including grad student room assignments and renovation projects. I have been Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council (2001-3), as well as Dean Search Committees and the like. I was chair of the University Council Committee on Faculty Policies during the multi-year period that we conducted a major restructuring of faculty policies as expressed in the Faculty Handbook.


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