U-M Physicist Professor Roberto Merlin was recently awarded a Collegiate Professorship from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). He is internationally recognized for his research in solid-state physics, ultrafast optics and near-field electromagnetism. He received the 2006 Isakson Prize from the American Physical Society and became a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007. Professor Merlin was one of the senior principal investigators on Frontiers in Optical Coherent and Ultrafast Science, and was the Director of Optical Physics Interdisciplinary Laboratory. Professor Merlin’s professorship is named in honor of Peter A. Franken.

LSA awards the Collegiate Professorships, which is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon faculty for distinguished achievement and reputation.