UND alumnus and contributor, Kathryn Uhrich, will be named as Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick, NJ. Her appointment will start on July 1.
Uhrich, a native of Grand Forks, graduated from UND in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She recently visited her alma mater during Homecoming 2008 and was the featured speaker to various chemistry classes, as well as at their Homecoming reception. Uhrich also established the Jeanette & Herbert Kroll Scholarship within the UND Foundation in honor her grandparents. This scholarship is designed to help students that are focusing on a career in chemistry.
In addition to her appointment at Rutgers, she is the scientific founder of Polymerix Corporation. Polymerix is a company based on a broad range of technologies with medical, dental, cosmetic, and industrial application.
According to Douglas Greenberg, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) at Rutgers, “Kathryn’s simultaneous pursuits of excellence in the laboratory and the classroom have made her one of the leaders of her department, as well as of SAS. Her research in polymer chemistry and biomaterials has earned dozens of patents and placed her work at the intersection of many of the most important trends in her field. She also has a great breadth of interests that goes beyond her own discipline and a deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.”
After receiving her B.S. degree at the UND, Uhrich also earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University and held post-doctoral positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to her present post at Rutgers in 1995.
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