NAIT names associate vice president of research and innovation
Dr. Chris Dambrowitz is NAIT’s new associate vice president of research and innovation.
Dambrowitz leads the development of applied research and innovation initiatives, areas which have seen significant growth since 2007, when the Government of Alberta gave colleges and polytechnics the mandate to engage in applied research. He was previously director of strategic initiatives with the Biorefining Conversion Network based at the University of Alberta -an organization that supports research in biorefining and biomass conversion technologies.
“As a polytechnic, NAIT partners with business and industry to develop timely solutions thereby creating value and competitive advantage,” said NAIT Provost and VP Academic Dr. Neil Fassina. “Chris will oversee these initiatives, helping NAIT to achieve its long-term vision to be the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada, and one of the world’s leading polytechnics.”
The focus of NAIT’s applied research ranges from “serious” video games being developed by the Digital Media and Information Technology program, to forest land reclamation and new applications for nanotechnology. NAIT recently placed second in a ranking of Canada’s Top 50 research colleges, moving up from fourth place, after attracting research income of $6.3 million in 2012.
“For me, this is a remarkable opportunity to contribute to the momentum at NAIT – to support and expand on the work that’s been done in applied research,” said Dambrowitz. “This is a very exciting time to be in this environment. I look forward to helping students and industry improve their competitiveness over time through research and innovation.”
Dambrowitz has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Alberta. He has held a series of leadership roles related to applied research and innovation that directly contribute to the skill set he brings to NAIT. He officially begins his new duties today.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students in 1962.
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