Lloyd Armstrong is the first Director of Research at the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, where he will facilitate and promote both faculty research and research on Minerva’s unique curriculum and active learning approach. Over the past four decades, he has served on a number of boards and committees for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council, including the Committee on Atomic and Molecular Sciences, the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at Harvard, the Southern California Economic Partnership, and the Committee on Recommendations for the U.S. Army Basic Scientific Research.
Dr. Armstrong is University Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus at the University of Southern California (USC), where he also chaired the Strategic Plan draft for the university. Following this plan, the university improved its undergraduate programs, encouraged and strengthened interdisciplinary research and teaching, and significantly increased its emphasis on the benefits of globalization for both faculty and students. Prior to USC, Armstrong served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, Program Officer for Atomic, Molecular, and Plasma Physics, and Program Officer for Theoretical Physics at the National Science Foundation (NSF), among other notable roles. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).