In 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) observed the first detection of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime created by the cataclysmic collision of two black holes. The Syracuse University Gravitational Wave Group played a leading role in this…
Dacheng Ren Named Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Dacheng Ren, Ph.D., has been named the interim associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Ren is the Stevenson Endowed Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and director of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute.
“I am excited about this opportunity to further promote our research and graduate programs. I look forward to working with my colleagues in this new role,” says Ren.
Ren received an Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical Engineering from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation in 2009 and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011. He was named the College Technology Educator of the Year by the Technology Alliance of Central New York in 2010. At Syracuse, Ren was a recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 2014 and the Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction in 2018.
Ren currently has 63 journal publications over 4,500 citations and an h-index of 31, 10 issued/pending patents and more than 40 invited talks. He has broad research interests in biotechnology and biofilm control. His research has been supported by the NSF, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and industrial sponsors. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2003. After finishing postdoctoral training at Cornell University, he joined Syracuse University in 2006.
“Dacheng is extraordinarily talented in his research capacity, energetic and innovative with respect to creating more opportunities to enhance our research enterprise, and consistently thoughtful and reliable as a colleague,” said Dean J. Cole Smith. “We are very lucky to have someone of his caliber serving in this role at this challenging time.”