Fayetteville State University is pleased to announce that Dr. Daryush Ila has joined the Division of Academic Affairs as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. Dr. Ila is an expert in ion-matter interactions and nanoscale materials/device fabrication. He has authored or coauthored nearly 300 publications, including several books and book chapters, and spoken at over 50 workshops, seminars, forums, and plenary sessions. He also has two patents—one on highly efficient thermoelectric materials and one on production of nanopores for filtration, with the potential for DNA sequencing.
Dr. Ila comes to FSU after serving for over two decades at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) in a variety of research and faculty positions, including professor of physics. As a researcher and administrator, he served as director and co-founder of a research program that garnered more than $45 million and led to the creation of the AAMU Research Institute—an independently supported, university-owned 501c(3) entity that served as the contracting arm of AAMU. He successfully built partnerships resulting in more than $125 million in grants and contracts of which approximately $40 million was from the Department of Defense. Dr. Ila also founded the Center for Irradiation of Materials (CIM) at AAMU and served as its director. This independently-supported research center, unique to North America, was awarded between $2 million and $3 million in grants annually from NASA, NSF, DOE and DOD during its 20 years under his supervision. In addition to these AAMU responsibilities, Ila served as the Campus Director of AAMU-NASA Space Grant Consortium (since 1989), the Secretary of the South Eastern Section of University Space Research Association (USRA), and Director of the Advanced Propulsion Materials Center at AAMU.
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