The three-person External Advisory Board (EAB) — Steven Girvin (Yale), Christiane Koch (Univ. Kassel) and Birgitta Whaley (Berkeley) — met with CQuIC members and representatives of the UNM administration on August 29-30, 2019.
The EAB’s preliminary report to CQuIC stated, “We are very impressed by the quality of the science going on in CQuIC . . . and by the very good working atmosphere among faculty, postdocs, and students within the Center. Under the leadership of Ivan Deutsch, CQuIC has worked hard to promote this atmosphere and tried to expand connections across the campus.”
The Board commended CQuIC for welcoming new opportunities for mentoring and the expansion of the breadth of CQuIC interests with the addition of junior faculty. They recognized the potential for growing CQuIC’s interdisciplinary collaborations given its ongoing relationships with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as well as new and strengthening links with faculty in departments at UNM such Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science (CS), and Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM). The report noted, “the EAB encourages continued efforts in this direction” and also that the “move to central campus will be generally beneficial to further interdisciplinary collaborations.”