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UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry alumnus, Professor Curt Breneman (B.S. 1980), was recently named as the Dean of the School of Science at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (By Mary Martialay): Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the appointment of Curt Breneman as Dean of the School of Science. The appointment is effective January 1, 2015.

“It’s an exciting time for the Rensselaer School of Science, and I’m thrilled to lead our talented faculty, staff, and students in changing the world through innovation and exploration,” Breneman said. “We are a dedicated and diverse community of scholars committed to achieving the full promise of Rensselaer by reaching across boundaries to apply science to the common purposes of life.”

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Breneman’s research is in the field of computational chemistry and predictive cheminformatics, with emphasis on both computational drug discovery methodology and materials informatics methods. His materials informatics work led to his appointment as an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy/National Institute of Standards in Technology Materials Genome Initiative program.

Breneman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UCLA and a doctoral degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara for his work in physical organic chemistry. Immediately prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Breneman performed postdoctoral research at Yale University in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry.

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