Peter Schiffer is Vice Provost for Research and the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics. As Vice Provost for Research, he works to support and enhance the research enterprise across all schools and departments in the university.
Before joining Yale in 2017, he was the Vice Chancellor for Research and a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and previously he served in a number of administrative, faculty, and research roles at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, and performed postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories. His personal research focuses on artificial spin ice, geometrically frustrated magnets and other magnetic materials. He has co-authored more than 200 papers, and is the recipient of a Career Award from the National Science Foundation, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Army Research Office, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship recipient, and he received the Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences and the Joel and Ruth Spira Award for Teaching Excellence from Penn State. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He has served as the chair of the Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications and also as the chair of the Division of Materials Physics in the American Physical Society. He received his B.S. from Yale University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993.