Rodney D. Priestley is the Vice Dean for Innovation at Princeton University. He is also the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Associate Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, and an entrepreneur. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2008. His research involves the description and development of complex materials, especially nanoparticles, thin polymer films, and nanocomposites, with a particular of focus on behavior in confinement and at interfaces. His work is making an impact on industries ranging from personal care to aerospace. His recent interest includes the use of polymers in sustainability and their impact on the environment. Recent recognitions include the 2020 American Physical Society Dillon Medal and 2020 ACS Macro Letters-Biomacromolecules-Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. Priestley was also named to the Root 100 list of most influential African Americans and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist.
He will begin as Dean of the Graduate School on June 1.