Effective June 1, 2015, Beckman Laser Institute (BLI) Adjunct Full Professor Robert G. W. Brown is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Formed 84 years ago, AIP is a non-profit federation of scientific societies, including the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society, that enhances the disciplines within the physical sciences, fosters collaborative efforts and promotes the value of science to the public, government officials and agencies, policy makers and other influential individuals. AIP Member Societies collectively represent more than 120,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students in the global physical sciences community.
Dr. Brown comes to AIP with 40 years of experience as a leader in the physical sciences. In addition to his affiliation with BLI, he is also an adjunct full professor in UCI’s Department of Computer Science. He previously served as the chief sensor scientist at the Advanced Technology Center of Rockwell Collins, Inc. “I am honored to have been chosen to lead AIP and help shape physics and physical sciences for the 21st century,” said Dr. Brown. “Discoveries in the physical sciences inform our understanding of everything around us and are the basis for most of the modern technologies we use every day. AIP has been a mainstay for me throughout my career, and I am excited to build upon its strong tradition of member services while fostering the exchange of ideas among physical science and engineering professional from around the globe.”