Ellen R. Fisher

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A chemist and materials scientist with extensive academic leadership experience, Dr. Ellen Fisher serves as the Vice President for Research (VPR) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is a Professor of Chemistry. She came to UNM in 2021 from Colorado State University (CSU) where she served as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and the Senior Faculty Advisor in the Office of the VPR. Prior to these appointments, Prof. Fisher served as the Chair of the CSU Department of Chemistry and as the founding director of the interdisciplinary cross-college School of Advanced Materials Discovery.

Prof. Fisher has published over 160 original peer-reviewed articles that span diverse topics in plasma science, laser spectroscopy, materials chemistry, chemistry education, team science, and the responsible conduct of research and is an Executive Editor of the ACS journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. She has successfully mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students (>50% women) and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Prof. Fisher is also the cofounder of Divergent Science, LLC, a team science consulting group focused on utilizing the science of team science to empower teams to put research into practice.

Prof. Fisher received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Texas Lutheran University (formerly College) and a Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Utah. She performed postdoctoral research at Sandia National Laboratory before joining the faculty at CSU.