UND to welcome new VP of Research & Economic Development at Gorecki Center reception Sept. 29

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UND to welcome new VP of Research & Economic Development at Gorecki Center reception Sept. 29

Grant McGimpsey comes to UND from Kent State University in Ohio, where he held a similar research leadership position

The University of North Dakota will officially welcome its newest Vice President of Research & Economic Development to campus at a reception set for Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Gorecki Alumni Center.

Dr. Grant McGimpsey and his wife, Margot, will be the guests of honor at the reception, hosted by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Thomas DiLorenzo. The event is set to take place from 3-5 p.m., in the Gransberg Community Room of the Gorecki Center.

McGimpsey began his new position at UND on Sept. 8. He comes to UND after holding a similar position at Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio.

“We’re excited to welcome the McGimpseys to the University of North Dakota,” DiLorenzo said. “Dr. McGimpsey’s leadership will advance UND’s research in exciting new ways, and his commitment to provide a vibrant research culture will enable UND to provide more opportunities for students and faculty alike.”

McGimpsey will succeed Barry Milavetz, who had been serving as the school’s interim vice president of Research & Economic Development since July 2014, when former Vice President for Research & Economic Development Phyllis Johnson retired.

While at KSU, McGimpsey worked to establish the University’s national ranking as a center of impactful research for both faculty and students. Prior to joining KSU, McGimpsey served at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), holding such positions as professor and associate provost for research (ad interim). He also served as director of the WPI Bioengineering Institute, where he established the Institute’s mission and strategy, and led the business and economic development, research and outreach efforts of the institute.

McGimpsey’s research interests include surface chemistry, particularly as it applies to biology and biomedical engineering, photovoltaics, implantable prosthetics, and nanoscience. He holds nine issued patents and one pending, and has authored or co-authored 80 journal articles.

A native of Canada, McGimpsey earned bachelor and master’s degrees in chemistry from Brock University in St. Catherines, Ont. He also received his doctorate in physical chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

David Dodds University & Public Affairs writer

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