Rodney Priestley Discusses Transformation of Research Into Solutions for Society

Feb. 10, 2020

Rodney Priestley is Princeton’s first vice dean for innovation, a newly created role within the Office of the Dean for Research to provide academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus.

As the University’s innovation leader, Priestley, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, will oversee efforts to grow Princeton’s culture of innovation as a means to further the University’s teaching and research mission and enhance its impact on the world.

Priestley will devote half his time to the role of vice dean for innovation while retaining his active research program. A member of Princeton’s faculty since 2009, Priestley has published nearly 100 articles, has co-founded two startup companies based on inventions made in his laboratory at Princeton, and is co-inventor on five patent-pending technologies ranging from lightweight aerogels for membranes to colloids for gels and emulsions.