RIT Names Distinguished Astronomer as Dean of the College of Science

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As the new dean of Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Science, Ian Gatley - an internationally known astronomer and physicist -will lead COS to champion the interplay between technological development and the exercise of pure scientific research.

Interim dean of COS, 2001-02, and director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, 1997-2001, Gatley will guide the college as it continues to challenge students with expanding research opportunities and degree programs in the newest sciences.

"I think we need to create the most fluid form we can in which the students can discover what it is they want to ask, what it is they want to answer and what kind of education goes with those needs," Gatley says. "I think nothing less than that is what we need to become the premier technological institution in the country."

Collaborating teams are the trend, Gatley believes. "This engine of intellectual endeavor - ideas coming out of the College of Science; collaborating with engineers to build the tools to make the measurements; collaborating with information technologists to extract the knowledge from the data — is one of the kinds of intellectual engines that colleges like RIT can and will operate in the future," Gatley says.

Before joining RIT, Gatley established an international reputation as an astronomer and project manager with the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope at Hilo, Hawaii, from 1979 to 1986, and for the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson, Ariz., from 1986 to1997.

The author of more than 125 technical publications and presentations, Gatley has served on advisory/review committees for the Hubble Space Telescope, the Kitt Peak National Observatory, the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica and the National Science Foundation.

Gatley, a native of England, earned a bachelor of science with first-class honors in physics from Imperial College, University of London, and a doctorate in physics from California Institute of Technology. As a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, Gatley discovered protostars in Orion Molecular Cloud OMC2, the Orion Bright Bar, the Galactic center circum-nuclear ring and observed the Large Magellanic Cloud.

U.S. News and World Report ranks Rochester Institute of Technology as one of the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is also included in Yahoo Internet Life’s Top 100 Wired Universities, Fisk’s Guide to America’s Best Colleges, as well as Barron’s Best Buys in Education.

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NOTE: Ian Gatley and his wife, Cathy, reside in, Fairport, N.Y., with their son, Sam.