Frederick N. Skiff

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy


Princeton University
Ph.D. Physics (1985)
M.A. Physics (1981)

Cornell University
B.S. Engineering Physics (1979)


University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

  • 2000-present Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 1998-2000 Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Maryland
College Park, MD

  • 1994-1998 Associate Professor, Department of Physics
  • 1989-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Swiss Federal Technical Institute (EPFL)
Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 1985-1989 Research Scientist


  • International Max Planck Research School Experts Workshop, Greifswald, 2004.
  • Elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society, 1999.
  • Invited Professor, Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Spring 1996.
  • CIES Visiting Scientist Bourse, University of Provence Aix-Marseille, Fall 1996.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1990-1992.
  • National Science Foundation, Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1990-1995.
  • Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow, 1979-1984.
  • Elected to Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, 1979.
  • Graduated with distinction (GPA 4.0), Cornell University, 1979.


  • American Physical Society, elected vice-chair of the Division of Plasma Physics, 2010.
  • Pure and Applied Physics, 2006-2008.