Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and JSNN Dean Sherine Obare have been named Triad Business Journal’s 2019 Power Players.
Each year, the Triad Business Journal identifies key leaders who have put impactful ideas into action to lead the region forward.
The Triad Business Journal recognized Chancellor Gilliam’s efforts in guiding the school’s Millennial Campus initiative, as well as enhanced research opportunities through a two-year grant that will result in a high-speed data network.
The Millennial Campus will create opportunities for growth, development of innovative academic experiences, and the creation of unique public-private partnerships for the University. Two areas of campus will be recognized as new districts for future development: one primarily along Gate City Boulevard, which will focus on health and wellness, and the other along Tate Street, which will focus on visual and performing arts.
With N.C. A&T, UNCG has been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $499,912 to build a high-speed research data network that will both connect the two largest universities in the Triad with each other and enable faster, easier sharing of research with scientists around the world.
Dr. Obare, who joined the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) as dean in January, has established an internationally recognized and externally funded research program that has fostered successful collaborations in chemistry and environmental engineering globally. She has received many awards and accomplishments including the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Science and Technology, and the American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship of the National Science Foundation. She has also been named one of the top 25 women professors in the state of Michigan by Online Schools Michigan.
Her research work lies in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, alternative energy, and in developing strategies to improve STEM education. In addition to her work as associate vice president for research, Obare serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research.
Obare was chosen by the Triad Business Journal because she has “quickly become the person to know in the Triad regarding technology and innovation.”