Ian Gatley, PhD, internationally known in the fields of astronomy and imaging science, has been named NJIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. His appointment will be Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics. Gatley’s first day at NJIT will be Monday, May 3, 2010 as he prepares for the start of the 2010 fall semester.
Gatley currently leads the Center for Student Innovation at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The Center serves as a hub and clearing-house of RIT innovation resources. He previously served as Dean of the College of Science. While at RIT, he took a special interest in reinforcing the culture of undergraduate research for all students, particularly those in the honors program.
“I am pleased to announce this appointment,” said NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch. “Dr. Gatley is a prolific scholar and we expect him to share this wealth of background with NJIT and its faculty.”
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“I'm very impressed by the people of NJIT and their strong sense of direction, purpose, and mutual respect,” Gatley said. “I look forward to helping them realize their rich and diverse vision for the future of NJIT.”
Born in England, Gatley received his BSc with first-class honors in physics from Imperial College, University of London and his PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology where he studied under Eric Becklin, Michael Werner and Gerry Neugebauer on board NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory. After receiving his doctorate, Gatley served as astronomer and project manager with the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope at Hilo, Hawaii and later led the infrared astronomy program at the US National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson.
As chair of the US National Optical Astronomy Observatories Infrared Steering Committee, Gatley led a multi-million dollar collaboration funded by the US Naval Observatory and the US National Optical Astronomy Observatories to develop the world’s largest InSb infrared detector array (the first megapixel device with a format of 1024 x 1024 pixels).
This detector (code-named Aladdin) was adopted by major observatories around the world and a large number of state-of-the-art scientific instruments were designed and built specifically to take advantage of its superior performance. Among a versatile suite of new instruments, Gatley and his team developed the first color infrared camera for Kitt Peak US National Observatory in collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute.
In 1997, Gatley became director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT where he led the deployment of an Aladdin-based camera to a telescope located at the geographic South Pole. These efforts resulted in a successful proof of concept for an approach to data capture and management that ultimately spawned the “Data Cycle System for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.” Building on a growing strength in astronomy, RIT subsequently developed a new doctoral program in astrophysical sciences and technology.
While director of the Carlson Center, Gatley simultaneously served as associate director of the New York State-supported Center for Electronic Imaging Systems. From this position he co-authored a winning $14 million proposal for a New York State Strategically Targeted Academic Research (NYSTAR) Center, The IT Collaboratory. This collaboration with the University at Buffalo’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University integrates nano-material science, microsystems, photonics, remote sensing systems, and information technologies.
His scholarship has been cited approximately 5,000 times.