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Swanson School's Mark Redfern named Pitt's new Vice Provost for Research

PITTSBURGH  (August 14, 2012) ... Mark Redfern, the William Kepler Whiteford Professor and associate dean for research in the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, will become the University's new vice provost for research, effective Sept. 1, 2012, Pitt Provost Patricia E. Beeson has announced.

Redfern, who holds Pitt secondary appointments in otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, and rehabilitation science, will succeed George E. Klinzing, who has served Pitt for nearly 50 years, the last 17 of them as vice provost for research; Klinzing, also Whiteford Energy Professor and professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, last April announced his decision to return full-time to the University faculty this fall.

As associate dean for research in the Swanson School, Redfern, said Beeson, "has helped to support and build the school's research effort during a period of rapid expansion in the funded research conducted by the faculty." He has also worked closely and successfully with the Office of Research, the Office of Technology Management, and the Office of the Provost on a number of research-related issues and has established positive relationships with leaders across campus that will serve as a strong foundation in his new position.

"I have great confidence that Dr. Redfern's scholarly leadership, collaborative research, and commitment to excellence will serve us well in his new role" Beeson added. "His talent, enthusiasm, and integrity will help us continue to build on the University's existing strengths in research. I look forward to working closely with him."

Read the full news release from the Office of Public Affairs.



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