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NYU Names Dr. Dianne Rekow Senior Vice Provost for Engineering and Technology

Dr. Dianne Rekow, formerly Professor and Chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, has been named NYU's Senior Vice Provost for Engineering and Technology. In her new position, Dr. Rekow is leading three major initiatives.

She is responsible for completing the consolidation of NYU and Polytechnic University, which became affiliated with NYU in July 2007, and is now known as the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Once the two institutions are fully integrated, Polytechnic is expected to become a school within NYU. Dr. Rekow began working on the NYU-Polytechnic consolidation in the fall of 2007, when she was appointed Special Adviser to the President and Provost on Engineering at NYU. Her significant involvement in fostering the relationship between NYU and Polytechnic, and her expertise as a scientist and engineer, led to her appointment as Senior Vice Provost for Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Rekow will also lead development and implementation of an engineering curriculum for NYU's new campus in Abu Dhabi. This effort offers a special opportunity for closer integration of science, technology, and liberal arts.

The third initiative is to build new research teams across schools and disciplines, both within NYU, and between NYU and Polytechnic.

Already a number of research collaborations are underway that include the College of Dentistry:

  • An NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center headed by Dr. Michael Ward of NYU's Department of Chemistry and Dr. David Pine of the Department of Physics includes researchers and collaborators from NYU's Departments of Chemistry and Physics, the College of Dentistry, and Poly.
  • A Gates Foundation-funded collaboration on gaming includes NYUCD and Poly investigators.
  • Many additional relationships are evolving, particularly between NYUCD's Biomaterials and Biomimetics faculty and Poly faculty.
  • 38 proposals for new Provost-funded seed funds were received in November. These have one principal investigator from Poly and one from NYU. Review is now underway, and $1 million on new joint initiatives will be funded during calendar year 2009. The first round of funding will be announced on February 1.

Because of the demands of her new administrative post, Dr. Rekow has relinquished her position as Chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Robert Boylan, Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, has been named Interim Chair while a search is conducted to find a permanent replacement for Dr. Rekow. (See related story) She will retain her faculty appointment as a Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology.