It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. John F. Muth, has been selected for the thirteenth class of Jefferson Science Fellows. Dr. Muth was selected in December 2016 and will begin his one-year assignments in Washington, DC in August 2017. The Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology, and engineering expertise within the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
On October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) program at the U.S. Department of State, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming.
John F. Muth is a professor of ECE at NC State and has been on the faculty since 1998. He received a BS in Applied Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1988. Upon graduating he served as a submarine officer on fast attack nuclear submarines from 1988 to 1993. He received a PhD in condensed matter physics at North Carolina State University in 1998. In 2008-2009 he was called back to active duty to serve in Iraq. His primary responsibility in Iraq was leading a team of military and civilian police officers. Since then, he cofounded the NSF Engineering Research Center ASSIST. In the classroom Professor Muth has taught a variety of nanoelectronics, photonics and product innovation courses. He has over 130 publications, 9 patents and has received a variety of awards including a Bronze Star for meritorious service in Iraq.
The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows' interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions overseas. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
More information on the JSF fellow program can be found at National Academies website.