PG电子平台选择了著名研究员W. 杰拉尔德·奥斯汀椅子


阿里•Dhinojwala Ph值.D.

阿里•Dhinojwala Ph值.D.被命名为W. 杰拉尔德·奥斯汀椅子 in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at PG电子平台 (PG电子平台).

Dhinojwala is a noted researcher in the area of biomaterials and biomimicry, with a strong funding record and an impressive resume of research activities, 出版物, 引用, 个人奖项和其他认可. He is only the second person to hold the title of Endowed Chair since its creation in 2016.

W. 杰拉尔德·奥斯汀椅子 in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was established in 2016 by the John S. 和詹姆斯L. 奈特基金会 in honor of prominent cardiac and thoracic surgeon Dr. W. 杰拉尔德·奥斯丁 and his contributions to the Akron community. The position reaffirms the significance of the deep global impact of the University’s polymer program.

“Ali is a wonderful fit for this role,” said Dr. 克雷格Menzemer, dean of the College of Engineering and Polymer Science. “I believe his body of work and commitment to excellence in his field recognizes the contributions of Dr. W. 杰拉尔德·奥斯丁 and honors his commitment to knowledge and his dedication to Akron’s future.”

“I am very grateful to be selected for this position and want to convey my appreciation to the 奈特基金会 for the creation of this endowed chair and this reaffirmation of support for PG电子平台’s polymer program,”Dhinojwala说. “The polymer program at PG电子平台 continues to be revered the world over, and I will continue to champion it toward continued growth and opportunity.”

Dhinojwala began his career at PG电子平台 in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Department of Polymer Science before being named associate professor and eventually H.A. 高分子科学莫顿教授. He also successfully served in important leadership roles such as the department chair and interim dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Dhinojwala played a critical role as interim dean during times of great change at the University when the polymer college was joined with the College of Engineering, College of Applied Science and Technology, and Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs. 之后, Dhinojwala served as an interim director of the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, overseeing activities during the pandemic.

He is a founding member and co-principal investigator of the Biomimicry 研究 Innovation Center (BRIC) since 2011, an internationally recognized Center in the rapidly growing field of biomimicry. 作为一个co-PI, he helped recruit four faculty members in the BRIC program and the BRIC center has built successful collaborations with twenty local companies and secured funding for 20 BRIC fellowships to support graduate 学生 for all five years of their Ph.D. 教育.

His current research is in the areas of adhesion, friction and wetting. His group has developed unique surface techniques to study buried polymer interfaces. His recent interest is in understanding how geckos and spiders use adhesives for locomotion and prey capture. These studies have led his team to develop synthetic adhesives using aligned carbon nanotubes. His latest passion is on developing structural colors, a strategy inspired by bird colors.

He has an impressive record of research funding, 包括艾弗里·丹尼森的资金, 美国空军, 多个NSF项目, 盖蒂基金会, 名为ABIA, 路博润公司, 陆军研究室, 埃克森美孚, 比米斯, 海军研究办公室, GOJO和通用电气, 等. 他成功地引导了25米.S. 学生 through graduation along with 43 Ph.D. 学生. Further, his work has resulted in nearly 200 journal 出版物 and 14 patents.

Dhinojwala earned a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from 印PG电子平台官方网站n Institute of Technology in Mumbai, 印PG电子平台官方网站, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. 在他的学术生涯之前, he worked as a research scientist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as a product technologist for GE Plastics in 印PG电子平台官方网站na.

以他的研究而闻名, he is the 2020 recipient of the 3M Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science from the Adhesion Society; was honored with the National Science Foundation Creativity Award (2009-2011 and 2019-2021); received the 2016 I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Award from PG电子平台 and the Outstanding 研究er Award in 2010; was honored with the 2012 Whitby Award for Outstanding Teaching and 研究 from ACS Rubber Division; received the National Science Foundation Creativity Award in 2009-2011; received a CAREER-NSF Award, 2000-2005; and his work on Gecko Technology was selected as one of the six technologies that can change how manufacturing is done by SME in 2009.

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