New associate VP for research named
Benicewicz’ industrial research background includes her work with GE where she was also an experimental physicist, specializing in the area of optical physics. Her work included developing laser-based spectroscopic techniques and systems that provided in-situ, real-time evaluation of materials as well as developing optical diagnostic techniques to monitor laser-based processes, such as laser shock peening. She holds seven U.S. patents from her work at GE with an additional three patents pending.
Prior to her positions at GE, Dr. Benicewicz was a research professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Her responsibilities included teaching and establishing a research program based on the use of lasers and optical techniques to detect and identify hazardous materials in the environment. From 1993 until 1997, she was a team leader and staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was responsible for the leadership, technical direction, and financial management of a team of research scientists and technicians engaged in the study of the chemical and physical properties of heavy metals.
Benicewicz and her husband, Brian Benicewicz, USC Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Polymer Nanocomposite Research, have two children. Derek is a doctoral candidate in chemistry at Georgia Tech, and Leigh Ann is a junior majoring in public relations at Boston University.