The University of Iowa

IMPORTANT: The Optical Science and Technology Center and Microfabrication Facility are being retired after fall 2018 and their services reconfigured under the new Iowa Center for Research, Exploration, and Advanced Technology in Engineering and Sciences (Iowa-CREATES) and Materials Analysis, Testing, and Fabrication (MATFab) in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) in spring 2019. As a result, the OSTC/UIMF site will eventually be taken down. Until then, please visit the Iowa-CREATES Website at, or read more about the new center at


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Marc Armstrong

Marc Armstrong

Professor, Collegiate Fellow and Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure
313 Jessup Hall

The Associate Dean for Research & Infrastructure, Marc Armstrong, oversees the development of external support for the College, as well as the College's research centers, institutes, and academic resource centers. He coordinates the College's participation in faculty development and internal research award programs. He also has responsibility for the College's infrastructure, including space assignment and renewal, equipment, technical support, and departmental general expense budgets and requests.

Professor Armstrong served as chair of the Department of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences (2000–2012) and as interim departmental executive officer for several other CLAS units, including Interim Director of the Optical Science and Technology Center (2017- ), Interim Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (2007–2009), Interim Chair of the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures (2010–2011), Interim Director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures (2010–2011), Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Studies (2011–2013), and Interim Chair of the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature (2012–2014). In addition, Armstrong has served as Interim Associate Dean for Research in CLAS (Fall, 2006), as an Administrative Fellow in the College, and as Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Education (2014-2016).

Contact Allison Bierman, (335-3994), to schedule an appointment with Associate Dean Armstrong.