New associate VP for research named
The allure of milder weather brought Pam Benicewicz back to the South. And the opportunity to put her science, industrial research, and team-leading skills to work brought her to Carolina.
Benicewicz, a former senior physicist, project leader, and lab manager for General Electric in upstate New York and Greenville, S.C., has been named associate vice president for research and senior director of research advancement and outreach at Carolina. She first joined the University last year as director of industrial research relations.
“There are lots of ways to make research collaborations happen, and I’m looking forward to fostering more research with industry and national labs,” said Benicewicz, who earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of New Mexico and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics from the University of Florida, where she was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Benicewicz will serve as the point of contact with potential collaborators and promote student research and advancement through those interactions. “Pam will be working with me to create and implement a strategic plan to expand and improve the research enterprise of the University of South Carolina,” said Steve Kresovich, vice president of research and graduate education. “It’s my belief that such a proactive approach will result in the growth of university research, job creation, and economic development.”
Benicewicz will join Kresovich in meeting with deans and key faculty and staff during the next several months. She’s also planning to meet with personnel at Savannah River National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to explore collaborative opportunities.