Mines' Reuben Collins elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 26, 2012 – Colorado School of Mines Professor Reuben Collins was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) at its November 2012 meeting, a distinction fewer than 1 percent of the organization’s members receive.

The citation recognizes Collins for his “contributions to understanding optical properties of high temperature superconductors, complex semiconductor heterostructures, porous silicon and hybrid organic-inorganic heterostructures.”

At Colorado School of Mines, Collins serves as professor in the Physics Department and associate director of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Much of his research focuses on materials physics for renewable energy systems, particularly photovoltaics.

“Meeting the energy needs of the future in a truly sustainable manner is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century, and a major component of my research at Mines,” said Collins.

The APS will present Collins with a fellowship certificate at its meeting in Baltimore, March 18-22, 2013.

About Colorado School of Mines: Colorado School of Mines is a uniquely focused public research university dedicated to preparing exceptional students to solve today’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Founded in 1874, the institution was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, Mines has an international reputation for excellence in engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the earth’s resources.

About the American Physical Society: The American Physical Society (www.aps.org) is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, Md., (headquarters), Ridge, N.Y., and Washington, DC.


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