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UTA names technologist and business development expert Jeff Campbell director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell, director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Jeff Campbell as the new director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

Campbell brings more than 20 years of proven leadership success in product design and development, engineering and operations management, as well as business development and sales. His areas of expertise include semiconductors and optoelectronics, sensors and controls, and networking and wireless communications.

At UTA, Campbell will report to Duane Dimos, vice president for research. “Jeff Campbell is the rare combination of very solid technical expert and businessman,” said Dimos. “I am sure that he will lead the Shimadzu Institute to new levels of service for our internal and external customers while we continue to grow the capabilities of the institute.”

UTA’s Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies was established in 2013 following a historic philanthropic gift to UTA from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, the U.S. subsidiary of worldwide scientific instrument maker Shimadzu Corp., and support from the University of Texas System.

The Institute has the largest collection of Shimadzu scientific instrumentation in the U.S. and has wide-ranging analytical capabilities, ranging from the defining the properties of biomolecules, to materials science, brain imaging, or metals analysis in water, among others.

Dave Jorissen, regional manager of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’s office in Houston, praised the choice of the new director.

“Jeff Campbell has all the right tools for this next phase for the Institute, where we plan to grow our customer base and raise the reputation and stature of the organization among the scientific community,” Jorissen said.

During the last two years, Campbell was director of the electronics, optics and materials focus area within the UT Dallas Applied Research Center, including developing the advanced infrastructure for the center’s laboratories.

Prior positions leading product development, engineering and business development roles in Fortune 1000 brands, as regional manager of sales operations for lighting controls company Acuity Brands, vice president of electronic sensors company TT Electronics Optek Technology and vice president of transportation systems company Texas Highway Products.

Earlier in his career, Campbell worked as a senior design engineer for Texas Instruments and Infinite Technology. He earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in physics, both from the University of Texas at Dallas.

“There are important opportunities for growth for the Institute in a dynamic area like the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,” Campbell said. “We will be reaching out to our internal faculty but also other research institutions and corporations that need our support.”

Since 2013, scientists using Shimadzu Instrumentation have carried out groundbreaking studies, such as a review of potential groundwater contamination in areas of unconventional oil and gas drilling that had worldwide implications.

Other research includes a new method for detecting trace amounts of estrogen in small samples that holds the potential to improve research into cancer and other diseases. UTA bio-analytical chemists also are using Shimadzu Institute instrumentation to help identify host-defense protein interaction networks caused by environmental and external agents.

The Institute comprises the:

  • Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging
  • Center for Environmental, Forensics and Material Science
  • Materials & Structures Genome Center
  • Nanotechnology Research Center
  • Center for Human Genomics
  • Animal Care Facility

More than 40 external customers from different sectors are actively using the Institute to support their research. 

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.

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