Priya PradhanJie HeOne of the highlights in academic life are promotions in academic rank that are awarded after rigorous and lengthy review of the academic achievements by the department, the Dean, the Provost, and with the help of a number of outside reviewers. The Board of Trustees then awards the promotions based on the evaluations and recommendations of all that reviewed the academic track record. With the beginning of this academic year, we have two such promotions to celebrate: Dr. Priya Pradhan was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor in Residence and Dr. Jie He was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor with tenure. Please join us in congratulating Priya and Jie!

Priya is teaching general and organic chemistry at the Hartford campus. She graduated in 2009 from UConn with a Ph.D., having worked in the research group of Professor Bill Bailey.

Jie established a thriving research group at Storrs after he joined our department in 2014. His broad range of research interests center on the integration polymers with inorganic materials (metal ions, clusters and nanoparticles).

Congratulations again! We are proud to have you both in our Department!