Eric Isaacs is responsible for ensuring Carnegie Science’s long-term impact and relevance by originating an Institutional vision and executing novel strategies for bringing it to fruition, including revenue generation. Working closely with the Board of Trustees and scientific Directors, Isaacs upholds the Institution’s standards for research, implements its policies, makes the best use of its endowment, and develops resources for keeping pace with the growth of the scientific endeavor.

    Isaacs joined Carnegie from the University of Chicago, where he was the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Physics and the James Franck Institute Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. In this role, Isaacs supervised sponsored research and research proposal development across the University of Chicago. He also oversaw entrepreneurship programs and technology transfer, research safety, research computing, several research institutes and three national laboratories on behalf of the university.

    Isaacs also previously served as CEO of UChicago Argonne LLC, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, and a member of the boards of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory.  He represented the university as a founding member of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization—of which Carnegie is a founding member​.

    Isaacs’ research interests are in condensed matter physics and quantum materials. He has a Ph.D. in physics from MIT and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College.

    From 2014 to 2016, he served as provost at the University of Chicago. Prior to that he was director of Argonne National Laboratories for five years, where he had been since 2003. When Isaacs joined Argonne in 2003, he was the founding Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, with joint appointments in the University’s Department of Physics, the James Franck Institute and the College. 

    Previously, he worked for 15 years at Bell Laboratories. including serving as director of the Semiconductor Physics Research and Materials Physics Research Departments. At Bell Laboratories, Isaacs developed synchrotron-based X-ray-scattering techniques, including inelastic X-ray scattering and X-ray microscopy that continue to play an important role in materials and nanoscale scientific research.

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