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Vice President for Research
Fields of Expertise:
Engineering > Nanotechnology
Science > Solar Power
Sustainability > Sustainability Research and Education
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Ryne Raffaelle was appointed vice president of research and associate provost for outreach programs in July 2011. A national leader in solar energy and nanotechnology development, Raffaelle previously served, from 2009 to 2011, as director of the National Center for Photovoltaics, a component of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In that role he provided technical vision, strategic leadership and personnel management and led efforts to advance solar-energy technology development and general knowledge on the importance of renewable energy alternatives.
Prior to joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Raffaelle spent 10 years at RIT as a professor of physics and microsystems engineering. He built the Nanopower Research Laboratory into an international leader in solar cell and battery research and served as the first academic director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.
Raffaelle has served as a visiting scientist with NASA-Glenn Research Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as an associate professor of physics and space sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in physics from University of Missouri Rolla and bachelor’s of science and master’s of science degrees in physics from Southern Illinois University.