“Normand has many years of experience in corporate relations and research program development,” said CSL Professor Tamer Başar, a member of Illinois’ electrical and computer engineering faculty and search committee chair. “With his strong background in everything from start-ups to large-scale academic initiatives, he is the right person to help CSL thrive in an ever-changing research landscape.”
Paquin also enjoys a long history with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2003 to 2010, he assisted faculty with major center proposals and administration under several titles — including Director and Assistant Dean — in Illinois' College of Engineering. He played a material role in the launch of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center and the Information Trust Institute, which have their administrative homes in CSL, and helped establish and maintain key corporate relationships such as the one established between ITI and Boeing. Through his work in the Dean's office, he has also developed relationships with program managers at agencies ranging from the Department of Energy to the National Science Foundation.
Prior to that, he held senior administrative positions in Illinois' College of Business and at several companies in the United States and Canada. He has also worked as a research scientist.
Most recently, he has served as a consultant for research endeavors and played a key role in promoting faculty engagement in the new Illinois Applied Research Institute. Additionally, he served as president of start-up 4D Teleport Technologies from 2010 to the present. He holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering-Physics from Queen's University in Canada, a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in Great Britain and an MBA from the University of Illinois.