Associate Professor Bill Dorland was awarded the 2008 Richard A. Ferrell Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding personal effort and expertise in physics, and dedicated service to the UMD Department of Physics . The Fellowship, established in 2001, honors Dr. Richard A. Ferrell, a deeply-respected physicist who joined the University in 1953, served 40 years, and remained active in the department even after his retirement. Dr. Ferrell died in 2005 at his nearby University Park home.

Dorland is a member of Maryland’s Plasma Physics research group, which US News and World Report ranked No. 2 in the nation. He has been a principal investigator for $8 million in research grants and is also the current Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.

In January, he will begin serving as the University Honors Director. For more information, please see, “Award Winning Physicist to Lead Honors Program,” on page 5 of The Advisor.