New Dean Chosen for Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

GREENSBORO, NC – NOVEMBER 27, 2018 – A recognized leader in nanoscience and materials chemistry research and STEM education has been selected to lead the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), a prestigious academic collaboration between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and UNC Greensboro (UNCG).  The JSNN is located at Gateway Research Park on East Gate City Blvd. in east Greensboro.

Sherine O. Obare, Ph.D., currently the associate vice president for research and a professor of chemistry at Western Michigan University, will become the school’s second permanent dean, succeeding founding Dean James Ryan, who stepped down over the summer. Obare will begin in her new role on Jan. 14, 2019. Dr. Obare will also serve as a tenured professor of Nanoscience at UNCG.

“JSNN offers innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate programs and Dr. Obare’s experience in research gives her the knowledge to continue our growth in education and research excellence,” said N.C. A&T Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Beryl McEwen.

“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 UNC Greensboro Provost Dr. Dana Dunn.

Obare has established an internationally recognized and externally funded research program that has fostered successful collaborations in chemistry and environmental engineering globally. She has received many awards and accomplishments 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. Her research work lies in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, alternative energy, and in developing strategies to improve STEM education.

In addition to her work as associate vice president for research, Obare serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research. She’s served previously as associate chair of chemistry and graduate advisor at Western Michigan.

She earned her B.S. in chemistry with a minor in biology from West Virginia State University and her Ph.D. in inorganic/analytical chemistry from University of South Carolina. Her postdoctoral education in chemistry and environmental engineering was completed at The Johns Hopkins University.

About North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, higher-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

About UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 50 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 2,700+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.