Graves selected as interim associate dean for research in School of Engineering

October 4, 2023 - by Kim Delker

photo: Steven Graves
Steven Graves

Steven Graves, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UNM, has been selected by Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing Donna Riley as interim associate dean for research and innovation in the School of Engineering.

Graves was previously associate dean for research in 2014, the special assistant to the dean for Health Science Center relations in the School from 2014-18 and interim assistant vice president for research from 2020 to 2021. He is also the former director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at UNM and helped to develop the biomedical engineering graduate program at UNM.

In addition to his academic career, Graves has extensive technology transfer and entrepreneurial experience as founder, director of technology, and CEO of BennuBio Inc., chief technology officer Eta Diagnostics Inc., and the co-founder of Helion Scientific Inc.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1991 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998. He worked in industry, then as a postdoctoral fellow and member of the technical staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining UNM as a faculty member.

A search for a permanent associate dean for research and innovation is beginning this fall (the position has been posted on UNM’s internal job site, UNM Jobs, with a best consideration date of Oct. 13 and a job start date of January 2024.