UT Arlington names Dimos new vice president for research

Duane B. Dimos, an executive at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., has been appointed the new vice president for research at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dimos officially joins the university on April 1. He succeeds Carolyn Cason, a professor and former associate dean of nursing, who was named interim vice president for research in fall 2011 and has had the position permanently since fall 2012.

“We are thrilled to welcome Duane Dimos to UT Arlington, and we know that his international reputation as a scientist, his lifelong commitment to research and innovation and success in cultivating partnerships among government, industry and educational institutions will inject our research endeavors with added momentum,” stated President Vistasp M. Karbhari. During his 25 years at Sandia, Dimos has served in numerous leadership and management positions, including as acting vice president of the Science and Technology Division, and has been actively involved in nanotechnologies. Sandia is operated and managed by Sandia Corp., a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., and is a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Dimos is an expert in materials science and engineering and holds 11 patents. He is a fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Ceramic Society. At UT Arlington, Dimos will work closely with Karbhari, faculty, staff and students to expand the school’s research and entrepreneurial enterprise and to foster commercialization of university intellectual property. Dimos earned his undergraduate degree in physics with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from Cornell University. He worked as a senior scientist in private industry and later as a postdoctoral scientist for IBM’s Research Division in New York before joining Sandia in 1990.

Betty Dillard bdillard@bizpress.net