Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Karin Ruhlandt was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in January 2015, after serving as interim dean for seven months. Upon joining the Department of Chemistry in 1993, she has held many faculty and administrative positions, including Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, since 2009; and department chair, from 2009 to 2014. She also is a faculty member of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute.
Ruhlandt has helped build the University’s Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), into one of the largest in the nation. She also has established a Chemistry REU exchange program with the Graz University of Technology in Austria. Ruhlandt has also played leadership roles with the University’s Women in Engineering and Science (WiSE) program; the ADVANCE Program, targeting women and underrepresented minorities in the sciences and engineering; and the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program, which encourages Ph.D.–level scientists and engineers to engage in collaborative research. Many of her doctoral candidates have gone on to highly successful careers in industry and academia.
A pioneering inorganic chemist, Ruhlandt has done research on both sides of the Atlantic. She recently served as a Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professor in Austria, where she helped develop materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, as well as taught and advised students. Other projects have ranged from cutting-edge work on semiconductors, superconductors sensors, and hydrogen storage materials, to the development of materials that could revolutionize the joint replacement and bone reconstruction industries.
Ruhlandt earned a doctorate from the Philipp University of Marburg in Germany.