Sherine O. Obare has been named dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and historically Black North Carolina A&T State University. She will become the school’s second permanent dean on January 14, 2019. She will also serve as a tenured professor of nanoscience at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro..
Currently, Dr. Obare serves as the associate vice president for research and professor of chemistry at Western Michigan University. She previously served as associate chair of chemistry and graduate advisor at Western Michigan. Additionally, she serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research. Her research focuses on designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, alternative energy, and in developing strategies to improve STEM education.
Throughout her career, Dr. Obare has received many awards 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.
“There is tremendous opportunity for innovation at the JSNN, and Dr. Obare brings the academic experience, research expertise, and creative vision required to help our universities and our region maximize the potential of this unique school,” said Dana Dunn, provost at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Obare holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in biology from West Virginia State University and a Ph.D. in inorganic/analytical chemistry from the University of South Carolina.