Stacey F. Bent, Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor in the School of Engineering, was appointed Stanford’s Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs beginning September 1, 2019.
Bent is also a professor in Chemical Engineering and, by courtesy, in Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry. She formerly served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and as the director of the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy for 10 years. Prior to her appointment as Vice Provost, Bent also served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering.
The research in the Bent laboratory is focused on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry and applying this knowledge to a range of problems in semiconductor processing, nanoelectronics, and sustainable energy. Systems currently under study in the group include functionalization of semiconductor surfaces, mechanisms and control of atomic layer deposition, molecular layer deposition, interface engineering in photovoltaics, and molecular design of catalysts and electrocatalysts.
Bent has long been involved in identifying ways to advance graduate and undergraduate students’ educational experiences. In addition to mentoring many trainees in her own research group, she has served on several commissions focused on education. In 2005, she served on the Commission on Graduate Education that recommended creation of the vice provost position and office to address a variety of complex issues stemming from the decentralized practices within the university’s seven schools. She co-chaired the Academic Steering Group on Education for Stanford’s long-range planning effort in 2017-18 and served on the American Chemical Society’s Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences in 2011-12. That panel’s charge included identifying steps to ensure that “graduate education addresses important societal issues as well as the needs and aspirations of graduate students.”
She holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley and a PhD in chemistry from Stanford. After conducting postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories, she joined the chemistry faculty at New York University before moving to Stanford in 1998.