Ryne Raffaelle has been named vice president for research and associate provost beginning July 1, announced RIT President Bill Destler.
Raffaelle had served at RIT in a number of different capacities from 2000 to 2009, including an appointment as the first academic director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He also served as the director of the NanoPower Research Lab for many years.
Raffaelle took a leave of absence from RIT to become director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo.
In his new role, Raffaelle will be responsible for advancing the research and creative activities of the university. Specifically, Raffaelle will work to support and promote the growth of RIT’s sponsored research and scholarship to government agencies, corporations and foundations; develop and grow partnerships with other universities and organizations; and manage an internal investment program aimed at providing seed grants to faculty to grow their research.
Additionally, he will provide strategic direction for the future of research at RIT. Raffaelle will lead and manage the sponsored research department, Research Relations Office, Human Subjects Boards and oversee, with the provost, the executive director for innovation and commercialization.