Fradkin is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Physics. He has made long-standing contributions in condensed matter physics and quantum field theory, including the theory of the phase diagrams of gauge theories, the field theory of the fractional quantum Hall effects, and the theory of intertwined orders in high temperature superconductors. He directs the U. of I. Institute for Condensed Matter Theory. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Hauber, the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions, is a neuroethologist, behavioral ecologist and comparative psychologist whose work focuses on the evolution of recognition systems in birds. He is a professor in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Illinois State Natural History Survey at the U. of I. He is a fellow of the American Ornithological Society and the Animal Behavior Society.

Padua, a Donald Biggar Willett Professor Emeritus in Engineering, has devoted much of his career to the study of languages, tools and compilers for parallel computing. This includes work on autotuning, high-level notations for parallel programming, compiler evaluation and the efficient implementation of scripting languages.

Sivapalan’s research focuses on understanding variability in rainfall-runoff processes across scales, places and time by exploring the interactions between climate, soil, vegetation and topography. A key focus is on increasing the reliability of predictions to address critical water-management challenges. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Wang’s research interests include geographic information science and systems, advanced cyber infrastructure and cyberGIS, complex environmental and geospatial problems, computational and data sciences, high-performance and distributed computing, and spatial analysis and modeling. He is the department head in geography and geographic information science, with affiliations in computer science, urban and regional planning and the School of Information Sciences at the U. of I.


Editor’s note: The original version of this article by Diana Yates of the Illinois News Bureau can be found here.