JSNN Dean Stepping Down

JSNN Dean RyanGREENSBORO, N.C. (August 25, 2017) – After a decade of service to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, founding dean, Dr. James Ryan is stepping down.

In a memorandum, Ryan announced his plan to leave at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, take a year of transition leave during the 2018-19 year and return to North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a professor of nanoscience.

Ryan was appointed to deanship of the Joint School in 2008. Since then, four degree programs have been established, including a M.S. and a Ph.D. in nanoengineering and a professional science master’s and Ph.D. in nanoscience. Under Ryan’s leadership, JSNN has become a site in the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program, developed a core lab model to aid N.C. A&T and UNCG researchers and provided technical outreach to various companies in the Piedmont Triad region.

Prior to his appointment at JSNN, Ryan served as the vice president of technology at Albany Nanotech and the associate vice president of technology and professor of nanoscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, now the State

University of New York Polytechnic. Prior to that, he had a 25-year career as an innovator and executive with IBM.

A national search for the next dean will begin this academic year, details to be announced later this fall.