Professor Wilcots received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington
He spent three years as a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at NRAO before joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. He served as chair of the Department of Astronomy from 2005-2008 before being named Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science.
In addition to serving on the AUI Board, Professor Wilcots has served on the boards of WIYN (Wisconsin-Indiana-Yale-NOAO) and SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) as well as numerous advisory committees including the Galaxies Across Cosmic Time science panel during the 2010 decadal survey.
Professor Wilcots maintains an active research program as a radio astronomer and is primarily interested in understanding the evolution and transformation of the gas content of galaxies and their environments. He brings the perspective of a practicing radio astronomer to AUI and represents the interests of the broader university community. Professor Wilcots remains engaged in enhancing partnerships in astronomy between South Africa and the United States and is deeply committed to enhancing the representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in science in general and astronomy in particular.