Division Chairs

Plasma Science and Technology Division

Michael J. Gordon

University of California Santa Barbara
E-mail: michael_gordon @ avs.org

MICHAEL J. GORDON is the Robert G. Rinker Founder’s Chair Professor and Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He received his B.S./M.S. (ChemE) from the Colorado School of Mines, M.S. (Applied Physics) and Ph.D. (ChemE) from the California Institute of Technology, and was a post-doc at the Laboratoire des Technologies de la Microélectronique in Grenoble, France from 2004-2006.

Mike joined UCSB in 2007 and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and reviews, and holds several patents in plasma processing, chemical detection, and reaction engineering. He has been recognized for research with the NSF Career Award, Packard Fellowship, and Vaughn Lectureship at Caltech, as well as for teaching, receiving the Northrop-Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSB Campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and Outstanding ChE Faculty Award seven times.

Mike has been active in the AVS since 1997, first as a graduate student, then contributor and session organizer, Member-at-Large of the PSTD, Student Affairs Coordinator in 2019-21, and most recently as Treasurer (2022) of the PSTD. Mike’s research interests include atmospheric pressure plasmas and plasma-surface interactions, understanding and engineering light-matter interactions, IR and III-nitride devices/photonics, spectroscopy, and catalysis.