Distinguished Speaker Series presents a virtual evening with Rodney D. Priestley

SUNY New Paltz will welcome leading researcher at Princeton University, Rodney D. Priestley, to deliver the fall 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series Address, titled “Building a Better Future by Supporting Academic Innovation and Entrepreneurship” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., via Webex.

Tasked with building and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, the collective goal is to build a better future. Priestly will focus the lecture on efforts to grow the innovation ecosystem in ways that build on unique strengths, are inclusive to all and inspire new partnerships and ventures.

“Academic institutions are at the forefront of producing new knowledge and understanding about the world in which we live. These insights, inventions and innovations can have a profound and positive impact on society,” said Priestley. “However, for that to happen, there must be a commitment and structure in place to support the translation of scholarly research and creativity beyond campus borders.”

As first vice dean for innovation and associate director for Princeton University’s Center for Complex Materials, Priestley excels in fundamental research and in the development and translation of intellectual property derived from his research into products and enterprises. He joined Princeton as an assistant professor in 2009, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2008 from Northwestern University and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University in 2003.

All are welcome to attend this virtual Distinguished Speaker Series event. Tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased online via this link. Current SUNY New Paltz students are free.

For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries/.  Link will be sent closer to the event to those who register.

About the Distinguished Speaker Series
Now in its 12th year, the SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series connects the College’s alumni, community members, faculty, staff, students and their families with well-known authors, policy makers, scientists, media experts, business leaders and other luminaries.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is made possible by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, with support from M&T Bank.