Uniting innovation at Princeton: The Princeton Entrepreneurship Council joins the Office of the Dean for Research

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella

The Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) has become part of the Office of the Dean for Research, reporting to Vice Dean for Innovation Rodney Priestley. The move emphasizes the role of entrepreneurship in enhancing the societal impact of innovations that emerge from research.

"The integration of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council into the operational framework of the Office of the Dean for Research is an important step toward bringing together research, innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that strengthen Princeton's capacity to benefit humanity," said Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and a professor of chemical and biological engineering.

The move aligns with Princeton's initiatives to grow its impact by transitioning fundamental and applied research into actions that address today's challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. One of these initiatives was the appointment of Vice Dean for Innovation Priestley in February 2020.

"As the University expands in innovation, the encompassing of Princeton's entrepreneurial activities under the Dean for Research is a natural outcome of the desire to construct synergies that enable Princeton to translate research into meaningful solutions," said Priestley, a professor of chemical and biological engineering.

Photo of Pablo Debenedetti, Anne-Marie Maman '84, Rodney D. Priestley

Pablo Debenedetti, Anne-Marie Maman '84, Rodney D. Priestley at Celebrate Princeton Innovation 2019 (Photo by David Kelly Crow)

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