After receiving her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Professor Mini continued her education, earning an M.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in molecular science from Southern Illinois University. She did a post doc in advance photon source at Argonne National Laboratory, then completed a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation du Rayonnement Electromagnetique in France.
In 1994, she accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of Physics at NIU, became an associate professor in 2000, then full professor in 2004 and served as department chair from 2003-2008. As a faculty member in a university with a “research high” designation from the Carnegie Foundation, she is clearly accomplished. She has been heavily involved in developing curricula in highly specialized domains such as accelerator-medical physics. She publishes regularly. She has served her profession as a member of the elite Board of Governors for the University of Chicago’s Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources. And, she has been principal or co-principal investigator on major National Science Foundation and Department of Energy grants to NIU.
Today she is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs for the college. In characteristic fashion, she has immersed herself in this new position. She is playing a catalytic role in ensuring that new cross-college, multi-disciplinary teams in science, engineering, and health care emerge as centerpieces of Northern’s strategic plan while also directing financial support for graduate students.