Clean Technology 2009
Donald L. Birx

Donald L. Birx

Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research
University of Houston

Donald Birx joined the University of Houston as Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research in September 2006. Before coming to Houston, Don was Interim Vice Provost and then Vice President for Research at New Mexico State University (2004-2006), Director of the Physical Science Laboratory (1996-2005), a 450 person research laboratory with over $50 million in revenues and Founder and President of the Physical Science Institute (2002-2006), a 40 person technology incubator and 501C (3) research organization.

Before joining academia, Don was Vice President for Technology (1994-1996), and leader of the Intelligent Systems Division, 1987-1994, and Principle Investigator/Scientist (1978-1986) at Systems Research Laboratories. Don’s research interests are in adaptive systems, and predictive complex systems and he is an advocate of collaborative strategic endeavors and research clusters that relate and translate to the needs and build on the strengths of the University of Houston and community partners.

His educational background includes a B.S. in Engineering Physics from U.C. Berkeley in 1974, after which he received an M.S. in Bio-Physics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Miami University in Ohio. At the University of Dayton, Don obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing.

Don is an avid skier and mountain bike rider.

Speaker in the symposium on Wind.

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