Princeton University has selected its Susan Dod Brown professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Craig Arnold as its vice-dean for innovation.

Craig Arnold, the Susan Dod Brown professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Princeton Institute of Materials, will become vice-dean for innovation at Princeton University on July 1.

Arnold will only be the second person to hold the position, which was created in February 2020 and is currently held by Rodney Priestley, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith professor of chemical and biological engineering, who will become dean of the Graduate School.

Among Arnold’s responsibilities will be strengthening Princeton’s engagement with investors, industry, entrepreneurs, alumni and potential partners.

He will join the Office of the Dean for Research, where he will work closely with the Office of Technology Licensing, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, and the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council.

Arnold said: “It is such an honour to take on this opportunity to build bridges between the different parts of the campus and the external community. Princeton is such an incredible place for innovation, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the community and to help people create impact in ways that benefit society.”

– Photo by Frank Wojciechowski via Princeton University

Thierry Heles

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