June 2000


Homer A. Neal is Interim President Emeritus and Vice President Emeritus for Research, Samuel A. Goudsmit Professor of Physics and Director of the UM-ATLAS Collaboratory Project at the University of Michigan. From 1987 to 1993 he was Chair of the University of Michigan Physics Department. Before returning to Michigan (he received his Ph.D. from UM in 1966), he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1981-86) and Dean for Research and Graduate Development at Indiana University (1976-81).

Dr. Neal's research area is experimental high energy physics and he is currently conducting his research at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. His research group is part of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Neal also participates in the DZERO collaboration that in 1995 announced the discovery of the top quark. Within the DZERO collaboration, he and his group had particular responsibility for designing, implementing, and analyzing data from the Intercryostat Detector. His technical research expertise includes the design of particle detectors, high speed electronics, image pattern recognition algorithms, event reconstruction and data analysis, and large scale database management.

Neal is a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS). He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Argonne National Laboratory and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. In 2000, he joined the Applications Strategy Council (ASC), an advisory committee to the board of trustees of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development.

As a member of the National Science Board, the oversight body of the National Science Foundation, he chaired the committee that produced in 1986 the Board's first comprehensive report on undergraduate science, mathematics and engineering education. He has also served as Chairman of the Physics Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation. He has delivered testimony on numerous occasions to Congress, on matters ranging from the funding of National Laboratories to the state of undergraduate science education. Most recently, he delivered testimony to the House Science Committee on International Science, as part of their preparations for the report, "Unlocking our Future: Toward a New National Science Policy," released in September 1998.

Neal is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ogden Corporation and also serves on its Audit and Technology Committees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ford Motor Company.

He is a recipient of the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stony Brook Medal, and the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Neal received his B.S. degree in Physics, with honors, in 1961 from Indiana University; he received an M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

He has had extended scientist-in-residence appointments at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva. He has been a visiting scientist at Stanford University, Argonne National Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. His professional travels have also taken him to the Institute for High Energy Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and to laboratories in the former Soviet Union, Israel, Japan and several other countries.