Max Seel

Max Seel


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • PhD, Theoretical Chemistry/Computational Solid State Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg
  • MS, Physics, Technical University of Munich


Max Seel serves as Michigan Tech’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. As chief academic officer he has responsibility for all of Michigan Tech’s academic programs and faculty, develops and implements the University’s strategic hiring initiatives, and oversees general education, outcome assessment, annual curriculum review, and more.

Seel joined the Michigan Tech faculty as an associated professor of physics in 1986, coming from the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany. He became head of the Department of Computer Science in 1988 and was promoted to full professor of physics in 1989. In January of 1990 he was named interim dean, and from 1991 to 2008 he was the dean of Tech’s College of Sciences and Arts. Seel was appointed to provost and vice president of academic affairs February, 2010.

Seel is a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi. He is referee for numerous journals in physics and computational chemistry. He is the author of eighty publications and has been an invited speaker at universities, conferences, and industry laboratories in the US and Europe. His research areas are computational solid-state physics and quantum chemistry.

A native of West Germany, Seel holds a Master of Science in physics from the Technical University of Munich and a Doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry/Computational Solid-State Physics from the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg.