Professor Martin Fejer appointed senior associate dean for the natural sciences

Professor Martin M. Fejer, chair of the Applied Physics Department since 2002, has been appointed senior associate dean for the natural sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Fejer, whose appointment became effective Sept. 1, succeeds Iain Johnstone, who served two years in the position and who will be assuming the new position of vice dean for academic planning. (During Johnstone's tenure, the name of the position changed from "cognizant dean" to "senior associate dean" for the natural sciences.)

"I am grateful to Marty for agreeing to serve the school in this important leadership role," said Sharon Long, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. "I am confident that he will serve the natural sciences cluster—and the school—with genuine distinction."

Fejer received a bachelor's degree in physics in 1977 from Cornell University and both his master's degree in 1979 and his doctorate in 1986 in applied physics from Stanford, where he has served as an acting assistant professor (1986-1989), assistant professor (1989-1993), associate professor (research) (1994-2000) and professor of applied physics.

Since 2000 he served as co-director, with Professors Robert Byer and David A. B. Miller, of the Stanford Photonics Research Center. He also has served on the Faculty Senate and chaired the Ginzton Laboratory Safety Committee and the University Committee on Health and Safety.

Fejer's research interests focus on the physics of nonlinear optical materials and devices and their applications in sensing, communications and precision measurements. His expertise covers a wide range of topics, including micro- and nanostructured ferroelectrics and semiconductors, nonlinear interactions in solids, guided-wave and nonlinear optical devices, optical signal processing, ultrafast optics and precision optical measurements.

Author of 277 technical publications, Fejer is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for Crystal Growth and the International Society for Optical Engineering. One of Stanford's most prolific inventors, he holds 30 patents. With Byer, he was awarded the R. W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America in 1998.