2021 Newly Promoted Faculty

Decisions to promote and award tenure are among the most important made by the University, as they determine the quality of the institution for decades to come. We’re deeply proud of these faculty members and wish them warm congratulations on their achievement.

Dr. Veronica Augustyn

Dr. Augustyn was promoted to associate professor with tenure. She earned her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from UCLA. She conducts research on the electrochemistry of materials for energy-relevant processes. Augustyn was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2021, and is the 2020 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Award, which will support her investigation of electrochemical reactivity under confinement by layered materials. This research will further our understanding of the kinetics and thermodynamics of complex electrochemical reactions that are relevant for energy processes. Augustyn’s research has previously been supported by an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry (2019) and a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (2017).


Dr. Aram Amassian

Dr. Amassian, was promoted to full professor. He obtained his PhD in Engineering Physics from Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal, Canada) in 2006, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Amassian was appointed Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 2009 at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was one of only 75 founding faculty members at all ranks. He is a pioneer in formulation science in organic and hybrid semiconductor inks and is best known for introducing in situ x-ray and optical diagnostics for establishing process-structure-property relationships in small-molecule and polymer-based semiconductors, metal-halide hybrid perovskite semiconductors and colloidal quantum dot solids. His work is geared toward enabling the low-cost, solution-based manufacturing of printed and flexible electronic and photovoltaic devices.