Three American Institute of Physics journal editors at Mines

Three Mines physicists now hold prestigious editorships at respected physics journals. Professor Reuben Collins is editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Letters, Professor Craig Taylor is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Emeritus Senior Vice President John Poate is editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Reviews. All three of these journals are published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing.

“Having three editors is extraordinary and speaks highly of the quality of the faculty and students at Mines and the positive trajectory of the campus in terms of its reputation in significant, scientific research,” said Jeff Squier, head of the Mines Physics Department.

To become an editor you must have a reputation of excellence at the international level, Squier said, as well as an excellent track record in service to the scientific community and a knowledge base of the scientific field that is broader than your specialty.

“Craig Taylor, Reuben Collins and John Poate exemplify these qualities and more,” Squier said. 

Collins was appointed editor of Applied Physics Letters in fall of 2014. The Journal offers "prompt publication of new experimental and theoretical papers bearing on applications of physics phenomena to all branches of science, engineering, and modern technology."

Collins earned his PhD in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1985. For the next 10 years he rose through the ranks at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center before joining the Mines faculty in 1994. In addition to his role as professor of physics, he serves as associate director of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, holds four patents and has published more than 130 scientific articles.

Taylor has been editing The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy since 2008. He shares the duties with co-editor John Turner, from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is an interdisciplinary journal covering all areas of renewable or sustainable energy that are applicable to the physical sciences and engineering communities. The journal, which is six years old, covers the widest range of topics of any AIP journal. Topics covered include bioenergy, geothermal energy, marine and hydroelectric energy, solar energy, wind energy and more.

Taylor received his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and his PhD from Brown University. He has written more than 400 scientific papers including book chapters and review articles. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. In addition to his role as professor of physics, he serves as REMRSEC director.

Poate has been editor-in-chief at Applied Physics Reviews since 1984. He co-edits with Bill Appleton, of the University of Florida. The publication features reviews of important and current topics of experimental or theoretical research in applied physics and applications of physics to other branches of science and engineering. These articles vary from comprehensive reviews covering established areas to concise reviews covering new and emerging areas of science.

Poate, who retired from Mines in 2014 after serving as vice president of research and technology transfer since 2006, earned his PhD in nuclear physics from the Australian National University. He later headed the Silicon Processing Research Department at Bell Laboratories and is former dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society and served as president of the Materials Research Society and chair of the NATO Physical Sciences and Engineering Panel. Poate chairs the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory review committees and is on the board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


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