Krystyn Van Vliet will move from MIT to Cornell in February to take over as vice-president for research and innovation and a professor in the College of Engineering.

Krystyn Van Vliet, associate vice-president for research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been appointed vice-president for research and innovation at Cornell University.

Van Vliet will start her duties at Cornell on February 1, 2023, when she will also become a professor in the College of Engineering. It is a five-year appointment and she will succeed Emmanuel Giannelis, who is also the Walter R Read professor of engineering.

Van Vliet’s research focuses on material chemomechanics – the coupling between chemistry and mechanics at material interfaces. She is the scientific co-founder of Artificial Axon Labs, which is working on drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases.

Martha Pollack, president of Cornell, said: “Prof Van Vliet is a highly distinguished scientist and scholar with deep expertise in areas key to our research enterprise.

“She brings a stellar record of academic leadership and achievement, as well as the strategic vision to further expand the innovation, impact and distinction of research at Cornell.”

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