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Key scientist on resources to lead UB’s RENEW

The University at Buffalo has hired an inventor and energy researcher to lead RENEW, the university’s new institute for research into and education about the world’s most pressing problems in energy, environment and water.

Amit Goyal, one of the world’s leading materials scientists, will become director of UB’s efforts to harness the expertise of more than 100 faculty members across six schools and colleges in focusing on research in sustainability, climate change and natural resources.

A native of India, Goyal currently is a corporate fellow and distinguished scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he specialized in researching superconductivity at high temperatures. He was the most cited author worldwide in that field between 1999 and 2009, and twice he was named Oak Ridge laboratory’s “Inventor of the Year.”

He holds a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Rochester and an executive master’s in business administration from Purdue University.

Goyal, who will join UB in early 2015, will hold faculty positions in the departments of chemical and biological engineering; electrical engineering; and physics. He eventually will have an appointment in the department of materials design and innovation, as well. RENEW, or Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water, started in February.

“The institute focuses on some of the most important grand challenges of our time,” Goyal said in a statement. “This is indeed a unique time for Buffalo and the New York region. … The possibilities truly are compelling.”