Bernd Surrow, senior associate dean for research and operations at the College of Science and Technology, has been named a Laura H. Carnell Professor by the Temple University Office of the Provost. The appointment is effective July 1, 2024.

Established in 1985 by the Temple University Board of Trustees, Laura Carnell professorships recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in research, scholarship, the creative arts and teaching.

"Receiving the prestigious Laura H. Carnell Professorship is a significant milestone in my career,” said Surrow, a faculty member in the Department of Physics whose research focus is investigating the structure of the proton and its underlying dynamics. “I am profoundly aware that this achievement is not mine alone. It is a testament to the guidance, mentorship, and support I have been fortunate to receive over the years.”

CST currently is home to eight Carnell Professors, more than any other school or college at the university. They honor Temple's first dean, Laura H. Carnell, who worked alongside founder Russell H. Conwell from 1893 until his death in 1925, most of that time as Temple's chief administrator. Known for her tremendous energy, dedication and compassion, she was a prudent manager and innovative leader who helped thousands of students make a better life for themselves and their families.

“I am truly honored by this appointment and feel inspired to continue striving for excellence in research, teaching and service,” said Surrow, who joined CST in 2012. “I am committed to upholding the values and standards that this distinguished professorship embodies."

A leader in his field, Surrow was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS) of the American Physical Society, which represents more than 50,000 physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Surrow has earned significant, long-time funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for his work conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

“It is an honor to serve the broader APS MAS Section as vice-chair,” said Surrow. “I am motivated to engage APS MAS members in critical areas in consultation with the executive team, representing the broad interests of our community, with a particular focus on recruiting students. It will also undoubtedly provide additional exposure to Temple University's growing research landscape.”