Krystyn J. Van Vliet, an internationally accomplished materials scientist and engineer now serving as associate provost and associate vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will join Cornell as vice president for research and innovation, the university announced on Aug. 25.
The Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees approved Van Vliet’s five-year appointment, which will start Feb. 1, 2023, and her appointment as a professor in the College of Engineering. She will succeed Emmanuel P. Giannelis, the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering.
“Professor Van Vliet is a highly distinguished scientist and scholar with deep expertise in areas key to our research enterprise,” said President Martha E. Pollack. “She brings a stellar record of academic leadership and achievement, as well as the strategic vision to further expand the innovation, impact, and distinction of research at Cornell.”