UAlbany Vice President for Research Appointed to National Advisory Group on Industrial Research

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

Christopher F. D'Elia, vice president for Research at the University at Albany, has been appointed by the Industrial Research Institute, Inc., of Washington, D.C. to serve on its nine-member Academic Advisory Committee. The Committee addresses issues related to industry and academic research, such as shortages of U.S.-citizen graduate students in engineering and science, and equipment needs in universities.

As vice president for Research, D'Elia heads UAlbany's Division for Research, which comprises the Office for Research, the Technology Department Office, a number of institutional research centers, and the on-going development of University-related business incubators.

D'Elia is among a select group of the nation's scientists credited with discovering the importance of nitrogen as a nutrient pollutant. He has served on numerous advisory panels to the National Science Foundation and other federal, state and private funding agencies. He now serves on the executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

D'Elia is a marine scientist whose academic interests include science-policy relationships. He received his A.B. from Middlebury College ('68) and his Ph.D. ('74) from the University of Georgia, He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a past president of the Estuarine Research Federation. Prior to joining UAlbany in 1998, he served as director of the Maryland Sea Grant College of the University of Maryland System.

Founded in 1938, the Industrial Research Institute is an association of approximately 270 major companies that share a common interest in promoting and accelerating innovation through effective organization and management of R&D, engineering, and technology.

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June 28, 2001


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