Ishwar K. Puri, an internationally known scientist and engineer whose research has explored fire safety, nanotechnology and 3D cell printing, has been named USC’s new vice president for research, President Carol L. Folt and Provost Charles Zukoski announced July 6.

Puri joins USC after three decades as a scientist, engineer and scholar. His research began with fire safety work for NASA, which led him to study converting emissions into carbon nanotubes. Later, he went on to study how magnets influence particles, and he investigated how to manipulate cells and pathogens. Puri comes to USC from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he is the dean of the engineering school. He starts at USC on Aug. 1.

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