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Robert L. Clark, Provost and Senior Vice President for Research

Rob Clark

Robert Clark became provost and senior vice president for research in July 2016 after serving 8 years as the dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Science.  During 4 of those years (starting in 2012), he also carried the senior vice president for research title. Clark spent 16 years of his academic career at Duke University, where he served as senior associate dean of the Pratt School of Engineering for 6 years and as dean prior to his appointment at the University of Rochester.
 
Clark received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987 and an MS in 1988 before joining Michelin Research in Greenville, South Carolina. He later returned to pursue his PhD, which he received in 1992. 
 
Clark is an expert in the science of acoustics and in bionanomanufacturing.  His research in these areas has led to more than 130 journal publications and earned him awards including the R. Bruce Lindsey Award from the Acoustical Society of America, the National Science Foundation Career Program Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the NASA Group Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.