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Frchet Named Vice President for Research at Kaust
Date:3/9/2010

Nobel Laureates Applaud Selection of Renowned Scientist, Educator and Entrepreneur

Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (PRWEB) March 9, 2010 -- Professor Jean M. J. Frchet, a pioneering chemist who has achieved great success in academia and entrepreneurial activity, has been chosen as vice president for research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Frchet will play a leadership role in developing strategies and managing resources to support interdisciplinary, collaborative research bridging science and engineering. In this role, he will be tasked to facilitate scientific achievements and technological innovations for KAUST to realize its vision of becoming a globally-renowned research university with an entrepreneurial culture. He will assume his new position in June.

“Jean Frchet is a dedicated educator, outstanding researcher, and great entrepreneur whose multi-dimensional profile will broaden and deepen the critical links among KAUST’s activities in research, graduate education, and economic and technology development,” KAUST President Choon Fong Shih said. “Frchet is multi-talented and will add tremendous value to KAUST’s efforts in scientific advancement and technological innovation.”

Frchet, the Henry Rapoport Chair of Organic Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering, leads the largest individual research group at University of California, Berkeley. He has authored 800 scientific papers, helped start nine companies, and holds more than 70 US patents. His multidisciplinary laboratories focus on functional polymers, from fundame
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