Department of Chemistry News

October 18, 2007

Rob Synovec succeeds Heinekey as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

After a decade of exemplary service first in the role of Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and subsequently as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Professor D. Michael Heinekey has chosen to step down from the latter position. Professor Robert Synovec has been named as the new Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

Our educational programs in Chemistry have flourished under the leadership of Heinekey, and the Department is extremely grateful for all of his hard work. Heinekey, whose research focuses on transition metal organometallic chemistry, now plans to focus all of his energy on his work as a primary investigator for the new Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC).

Synovec has been a faculty member in the Department for over twenty years, whose research is in the area of separation science. Synovec brings substantial experience in both mentoring graduate student thesis projects and in the management of our graduate program. We are fortunate that he has agreed to take on this important role, and greatly appreciate his commitment to our educational mission.

For more information about our graduate program, please visit our page on general graduate student information, or our page specifically for prospective graduate students.

For more information about Mike Heinekey and his research, please visit his faculty page.

For more information about Rob Synovec and his research, please visit his faculty page or research group website.