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May 31, 2018 at 3:18 pm

NQPI | Spring 2018 Director’s Corner

Dr Eric Stinaff

By Dr. Eric Stinaff
Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute Spring 2018 Newsletter Issue 19

Dear Colleagues,

Springtime at Ohio University in Athens is a time for new beginnings, and that is certainly the case for NQPI and the Condensed Matter and Surface Sciences program.

The arrival of President Duane Nellis at the leadership of OHIO presented an opportunity to strengthen the university’s research profile. Following the suggestion made by the interim Provost and the Vice President for Research and Creative Activities, a proposal was submitted to President Nellis outlining a broad university-level investment in these programs. We are very happy to report that this request has been approved, demonstrating a strong vote of confidence and commitment by OHIO to continuously support successful research activities.

The proposal jointly drafted by Sergio Ulloa (acting director of CMSS) and myself outlined a combined vision that will support core research and education missions, open new opportunities for strategic investments and streamline administrative duties. Additionally on July 1, 2018, the oversight of CMSS/NQPI will be transferred from the College of Arts & Sciences to the office of the Vice President for Research & Creative Activity, reflecting the truly multi-disciplinary composition of our membership.

We deeply value the support from the President, Provost, Vice President for Research, and the Deans of Arts & Sciences and the Russ College in this venture. We will continue to work to advance the education and research missions recognized by peer institutions around the world.

Allow me to take this opportunity to introduce NQPI’s newest members, Dr. Keerti Kappagantula, a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. John Staser, a faculty member in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Kappagantula’s research focuses on material processing techniques and their optimization for diverse applications. Dr. John Staser works on electrochemical solutions to industrial and health-related problems. I invite you to learn about their interests and expertise highlighted in this newsletter issue.

Sincerely,

Eric Stinaff, NQPI Director

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