Dr. Peter Schiffer is the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has leadership responsibility for the campus research enterprise.
As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Schiffer provides leadership for campus-wide interdisciplinary research institutes, promotes new research initiatives, and oversees the administrative and business processes that ensure the productive, safe, and ethical conduct of research at Illinois. Before joining Illinois, Dr. Schiffer served in a number of administrative, faculty, and research roles at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, and performed postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
His personal research focuses on artificial spin ice, geometrically frustrated magnets and other magnetic materials. He has co-authored more than 175 papers, and is the recipient of a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Army Research Office, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship recipient, and he received the Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences and the Joel and Ruth Spira Award for Teaching Excellence from Penn State. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served as the chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications, the program chair of the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, and the chair of the Division of Materials Physics in the American Physical Society. He received his B.S. from Yale University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993.