Awards Committee

Trustee (2019-2021)

Alison Baski

Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Tel: 804-840-5256
email: alison_baski @

ALISON A. BASKI is Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly Pomona in 2016, she spent 20 years at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as department chair (2006-2011), executive associate dean (2011-2015) and interim dean (2015-2016) in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Alison earned a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1987) and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University (1991), followed by postdocs at BASF (1991-1993) and the Naval Research Laboratory (1993-1996). She has authored 110 publications in peer reviewed journals and proceedings and has given numerous invited and conference talks on her research. Alison was recognized as an AAAS Fellow in 2010 and as an AVS Fellow in 2015 for her “contributions to the fundamental investigation of semiconductor surfaces using scanning probe techniques and for STEM leadership with the university, community and profession.” Since 1990, Alison has been an active member of AVS and has served in a variety of capacities, including as Program Chair (2005-2006) and Chair (2006-2007) of the Surface Science Division, as a member of the Board of Directors (2008-2010), President (2012), chair of the Governance Committee (2014-2015), member of the Publications Committee (2015-present) and as the AVS Member Society representative to AIP (2015-present). For more than a decade, she has also helped represent AVS during its annual participation in STEM Congressional Visits Day to highlight the importance of STEM research and education to our congressional representatives. This event is organized by ASTRA (Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America) and in 2018 Alison joined their Board of Directors to provide her perspective as a STEM researcher/educator and as a member of AVS for nearly three decades.