Griffin will succeed Bart Sinclair
, who served in that role for more than 20 years and is set to retire on June 30.
“Rob will oversee the school’s finances and internal controls, facilities, and development of business plans for new programs. He’ll work closely with me, the associate and assistant deans, department chairs, the school’s external advisory board and the university’s business and academic offices,” said Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.
Griffin has served as CEE department chair since 2015. The search for a new CEE chair will begin immediately.
Griffin joined the Rice faculty in 2008. He received his B.S. from Tufts University in 1993 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Caltech in 1997 and 2000, respectively, all in chemical engineering. Before coming to Rice, Griffin was an associate professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of New Hampshire.
Griffin’s primary research interest is in performing field, laboratory, and computational experiments designed to understand the effects and behavior of pollutant species in the troposphere. His research has been funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Houston Endowment, the Dreyfus Fund, NSF, NASA, EPA and NOAA, among other sources.
Griffin’s work has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Environmental Science and Technology, The Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Geophysical Research Letters, Atmospheric Environment and The Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry.
At Rice, Griffin has taught undergraduate courses in air pollution control and fluid mechanics, and graduate courses in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric aerosols. He is a member of the American Association of Aerosol Research, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.