Paul S. Peercy
Dean, College of Engineering
2610 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691
BA, Physics ’61, Berea College
MS, Physics, ’63, UW-Madison
PhD, Physics, ’66, UW-Madison
As dean of the College of Engineering, Paul S. Peercy is committed to preparing the college to take full advantage
of changes in the engineering field and continuing its tradition of academic and ethical excellence. He continuously strives to enhance its national reputation both as a top-notch educational institution and as a leader in emerging and existing research fields.
“The College of Engineering is filled with an extraordinary range of talent and potential,” says Peercy. “I encourage
all efforts through which we can effectively improve our contribution to our institution, our state and our field.
“As once separate engineering disciplines merge, we must capitalize on opportunities available with the rapid increase in interdisciplinary work,” says Peercy. “Distinctions between engineering and other scientific areas also
are blurring, and with today's rapid technological advances we can address many complex problems we previously could not imagine solving.
“It also is vital to maintain strong core disciplines,” he says. “Several of the college's departments are among the
best in the world, and we need to attain and retain that level of excellence in all of them. In these core disciplines we advance basic engineering knowledge and develop new tools.”
Peercy also encourages a strong teaching program that provides students the educational foundation and tools
they need to excel in industry. To ensure all students receive a complete education, he advocates cultural and extracurricular opportunities. He promotes the use of advances in communication technology to facilitate continuing education.
His leadership style builds upon the college's tradition of faculty governance. “As dean, my job is to understand everyone's strengths and talents and articulate a vision,” Peercy says. “Then I work to support the people who carry it out.”
Peercy came to the college in September 1999 from SEMI/SEMATECH, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit consortium of more than 160 of the nation's suppliers to the semiconductor industry, where he was president since 1995. Prior to that position, he was director of Microelectronics and Photonics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
His research interests include phase transitions in solids, ferroelectricity, Raman and Brillouin scattering studies of solids, ion-solid interactions, laser-induced phase transformations, microelectronics and photonics, and solid state devices. He is the author or co-author of more than 175 technical papers and holds two patents.
He was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. In 2000, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson named him to the Wisconsin Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (WITEC).