Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and materials science and nanoengineering, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1.
Mohite was hired by Rice University in 2018 as an associate professor without tenure. Brad Blunt, director of academic process, explained:
“This sometimes occurs when the person is hired with significant experience elsewhere, usually as a researcher, but without a history of teaching or service. Tenure at Rice is based on research/scholarship, teaching and service. An appointment without tenure allows the person to develop a record of teaching and service that will enable them to go for tenure. Tenure must be awarded by the end of the person’s seventh year. It is not common but the delineation is that the person was not ‘promoted’ so much as ‘awarded.’”
Mohite earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville in 2007 and worked as a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding and tailoring structure-function relationships in materials by using novel, correlated, in-situ techniques developed and pioneered by his group. The goal is engineering high-efficiency devices for clean energy applications, such as photovoltaics, photo-catalysis light emission and detectors.