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Biography for Wolfgang Bauer

Wolfgang Bauer serves Michigan State University as the Senior Consultant to the Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and University Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics in 1987 from the University of Giessen in Germany. He joined the MSU faculty in 1988, with a dual appointment at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and was named University Distinguished Professor in 2007. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 2001 to 2013 and as Founding Director of the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he became Senior Consultant in the office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services.

His work focuses on energy efficiency, integration of renewable power sources, mobility, big data, and computing. He has authored more than 200 publications and given more than 400 invited presentations in 24 countries. He is the author of several physics textbooks, which have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese languages, and he holds four patents on cancer detection and course management systems. Among his honors are the 1992 National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the 1999 Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Distinguished Senior U.S. Scientist Award and the 2003 ComputerWorld 21st Century Achievement Award for Education and Academia.