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Hai-Lung Dai named Dean of Science and Technology; George Palladino named vice dean


Hai-Lung Dai
(Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania)

Hai-Lung Dai, a distinguished professor of chemistry and an experienced administrator at the University of Pennsylvania, will become dean of Temple University’s College of Science and Technology, Temple President Ann Weaver Hart announced. 

Dai subsequently named George Palladino, a former faculty member at the United States Military Academy and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania, as vice dean. 

Dai’s appointment is effective January 1, 2007; Palladino will begin in October 2006.


“Professor Dai is an accomplished educator and an award-winning scholar who has received more than $13 million to support his research,” Hart said.  “He brings to Temple an outstanding record of achievement in the classroom and the laboratory, as well as significant accomplishments in leadership roles at the University of Pennsylvania.  I am sure that Temple’s students, faculty and staff will be energized by Dean Dai’s leadership of our College of Science and Technology.”


During Dai’s time as chairman of Penn’s Chemistry Department, Palladino first served as vice chairman and later as executive director of the department.  “Dr. Palladino is a leader in the chemistry and chemical education communities and a highly regarded academic administrator,” said Temple’s President Hart.  “We are delighted to welcome Dean Dai and Vice Dean Palladino to Temple.”  

Nearly 2,900 undergraduates and more than 200 graduate students study biology, chemistry, computer and information sciences, geology, mathematics, physics and related disciplines in Temple’s College of Science and Technology.  The College is home to five centers for advanced research and education in areas such as photonics and biotechnology.

“I am excited to be joining Temple University at such an important time in its history,” Dai said.  “As Temple recruits hundreds of new faculty and reinvigorates its research enterprise, the College of Science and Technology must play a central role in creating one of the nation’s best educational experiences at an urban research university.”

Added Palladino: “I am looking forward to working with Dean Dai, President Hart and the faculty in the College of Science and Technology to strengthen Temple’s teaching and research expertise.”

Dai succeeds interim dean Keya Sadeghipour, who will continue in his role as dean of Temple’s College of Engineering.  “I congratulate and thank Dean Sadeghipour for his leadership of two colleges while we sought a dean for Science and Technology,” President Hart said.  “Our confidence in Keya made it possible for us to take our time and find the right scholar to be our new dean.”

Dai began his academic career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he now holds the Hirschmann-Makineni Professorship and is director of Penn’s Science Teacher Institute.  He has published more than 140 papers and edited several books in the areas of molecular and surface sciences.  He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and currently chairs its Division of Chemical Physics.  His major academic honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ellis Lippincott Award of the Optical Society of America. 

From 1996 to 2002, Dai was chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Penn.  During that time the department hired one-fourth of its current faculty, created new degree programs and endowed professorships, constructed and renovated laboratories, and raised millions of dollars from private sources to support faculty development and educational programs.

A native of Taiwan, Dai has served in and advised U.S. governmental agencies as well as professional societies and other universities and research institutions.  In Greater Philadelphia, Dai also is known as the conductor of the Chinese Musical Voices Choir.

Dai is a graduate of Taiwan University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1984.

Palladino served 27 years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of colonel, and was a professor of chemistry at the United States Military Academy before joining the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to his work in the Chemistry Department, Palladino was a member of several university-wide committees, including serving three years as chairman of the University of Pennsylvania’s Safety and Security Committee.  He is the author of more than one dozen scholarly publications and has served in many leadership positions within the American Chemical Society.  Palladino holds master’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College.