Riley to serve as Associate Dean for Research in College of Engineering

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Mark Riley, who leads the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. He will begin July 1, 2017.

“Mark has a distinguished record as a faculty member and is completing a very successful five-year term as department head,” said Dean Lance C. Pérez. “I am pleased that he will be joining our leadership team.”

“I am greatly looking forward to this new role as Associate Dean for Research. For many years I have gravitated toward the key components of the position in building teams and making connections between groups,” said Riley. “I am especially interested in building upon our activities in partnerships with industry, working with our sister campuses in the NU system, and helping the growth of research teams.  There also are great opportunities to increase partnerships on our campus, such as between engineering and IANR.”

Riley has been inducted as a Fellow into the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers.  He came to Nebraska in 2012 and has led the Department of Biological Systems Engineering after serving in a similar role at the University of Arizona.

Prior to Nebraska, Riley joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1997.  His primary home was in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and included courtesy appointments in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.  His research focused on developing biological sensors to quantify pathogens and chemical toxins, to track bioprocesses, and to evaluate plant stress.  Riley formed a small company based on their sensor work for measurement of fruit maturation.  

He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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