Richard W. Ziolkowski

Leonis Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Richard W. Ziolkowski (ScB'74-M'75-PhD'80) received the Sc.B. degree in physics magna cum laude with honors from Brown University in 1974, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and 1980, respectively. He was a member of the Engineering Research Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1981 to 1990 and served as the leader of the Computational Electronics and Electromagnetics Thrust Area for the Engineering Directorate from 1984 to 1990. Prof. Ziolkowski joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona as an Associate Professor in 1990, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1996. He was selected by the Faculty to serve as the Kenneth Von Behren Chaired Professor for 2003-2005. He currently is serving as the Litton Industries John M. Leonis Distinguished Professor. He holds a joint appointment with the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. His research interests include the application of new mathematical and numerical methods to linear and nonlinear problems dealing with the interaction of acoustic and electromagnetic waves with complex media, metamaterials, and realistic structures.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, 1980