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Virginia Ayres, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Ayres has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the physics and biophysics research fields

    OKEMOS, MI, August 11, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Virginia Ayres, PhD with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Ayres celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Ayres is renowned as the head of the Electronic and Biological Nanostructures Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. Her interest in science originated during her youth, and her parents were supportive of her talents, as they provided her books about all topics of interest. Inspired by a high school biology teacher, she pursued an education at the Johns Hopkins University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in physics and biophysics in 1977. Dr. Ayres continued her academic efforts at Purdue University, from which she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1985.

Dr. Ayres began her career as a research physicist at the United States Navy White Oak Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland. She further flourished as the director of the National Science Foundation Program for Quantum Electronics, Plasmas, and Electromagnetics before transitioning to academia. The shift from government research to the field of education remains a career highlight for Dr. Ayres, as she continues to excel as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.

Dr. Ayres has been recognized for her excellence in research, which has included notable work centered on nanoscience and quantum communications, and nervous system injury and wound healing. A two-time NASA faculty fellow and former invited visiting scholar in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College, she has been presented with a Chair of International Cooperation at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a Distinguished Woman Scholar award from Purdue University. In 2020, she became the Michigan State University Affiliate for the NASA Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Dr. Ayres is an active member of the American Physical Society and the American Society for Cell Biology.

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