Writer: Linda fresques
Heinrich “Heinz” Nakotte, professor of physics and chair of the engineering physics program at NMSU, has been awarded the George W. Gardiner Professorship.
The Gardiner Professorship is awarded every two years to a physics faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and training. The endowed professorship is given by the estate of Anna H. Gardiner, wife of George W. Gardiner, who was the first department head of physics and founder of the Physical Science Laboratory at NMSU.
The engineering physics program at NMSU is the only degree program of its kind in New Mexico. The program is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Nakotte is leader of the magnetic materials group in the department of physics.
“I feel greatly honored to receive this award. I would like to thank the department, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and the university for providing an environment that encourages achievement and success. In honor of the spirit of the Gardiner Endowment, the funds will be used to support my research activities involving students,” said Nakotte.
Nakotte was a post-doctoral research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1994-1997. He earned a Ph.D. from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in physics and master’s and bachelor’s degree equivalents from Universität zu Köln, Germany.
Nakotte joined the physics faculty at NMSU in 1997 as an assistant professor. He received the NMSU University Research Council Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity in 2003. In 2000, he received the National Science Foundation Early Career Award.
Nakotte studies the magnetic and related properties in a large variety of materials, such as correlated-electron systems, permanent magnets, superconductors and nanostructured magnets.