Barry P. Rand has been appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He will join the faculty on July 1, 2013, for a three-year term. Dr. Rand is currently a senior researcher at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre vzw in Leuven, Belgium, where his work focuses on the optimization and feasibility of organic solar cells. He is also the coordinator for PRIMA, a multinational research project which seeks to improve solar cell efficiency through metallic nanostructures.
In his new position, Rand will draw on his background as an accomplished researcher in electrical engineering, materials science, physics, and chemistry. He has proposed several projects that address fundamental challenges in nanostructured matter for energy conversion.
Rand received his bachelor’s degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 2006.