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Dr. Robert Hull Appointed Acting Vice President for Research

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Dr. Robert Hull Appointed Acting Vice President for Research

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Hull as Acting Vice President for Research, effective March 1, 2020. He will serve as the Acting Vice President for Research until a Vice President for Research is appointed.

As Acting Vice President for Research, Dr. Hull will assume leadership, development, and management of research programs and centers. He will work to enhance the visibility of research activities, and to build new partnerships with government, industry, alumni/ae, public sector communities, and with external research constituencies. Additionally, Dr. Hull will work to enhance the operational protocols and practices to support the research enterprise of Rensselaer. He will provide strategic support to research faculty in the development of major interdisciplinary research proposals, and will ensure that sponsored research activities of the Institute are aligned with the signature research thrusts of the Institute.

Dr. Hull joined Rensselaer in January 2008 as Professor, Department Head for Materials Science and Engineering, and as the Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering. He will continue to serve as director of the Rensselaer Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS), where he has led basic and applied research initiatives across a broad spectrum of fields in engineering, and in physical and chemical sciences.

Prior to his tenure at Rensselaer, Dr. Hull spent a decade at Bell Laboratories in the Physics Research Division, and a decade at the University of Virginia, where he was Director of a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and Director of the UVA Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Science. Dr. Hull is known internationally for his research into fundamental growth mechanisms of semiconductor films, the self-assembly of nanostructures, and the kinetics of materials processes at the nanoscale. His current research focuses on the development of new techniques for nanoscale assembly, fabrication, and characterization using focused ion and electron beams, applied to a broad range of materials systems. He has published approximately 300 journal and conference papers; edited many books and proceedings; and given approximately 300 keynotes and invited talks or seminars at national and international conferences and workshops, universities, and government and industrial laboratories.

Dr. Hull has been a member of many academic, editorial, and advisory boards. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He has served as MRS President, and as Chair of the University Materials Council. He has participated in multiple national committees and studies, including serving as the Chair of a Committee of Visitors for the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation, and as a member of a committee performing a review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, organized by the National Academies.

Dr. Hull received his bachelor's degree in physics from Oxford University in 1980, and doctoral degree in materials science from Oxford in 1983.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Hull as Acting Vice President for Research.