Dr. Patrick R. LeClair joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama in 2005 as an assistant professor. He received his B.S. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Physics (cum laude) from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2002. From 2002-2005 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory. His research at the moment focuses on electrical transport in novel magnetic heterostructures (“spin electronics”), superconductivity, and electron tunneling phenomena. Dr. LeClair is currently building up a shared laboratory for electrical, magnetic, and optical characterization of novel materials and devices down to ultra-low temperatures (<400mK) and high magnetic fields (>7T). He is the author of over 25 publications, and co-author of two patents.