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Meet the Provost
Hai-Lung Dai is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry.
A graduate of National Taiwan University, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1984 he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he was Chair of the Chemistry Department, funding Director of the Penn Science Teacher Institute, and the Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry. In 2007, he was named Dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple, where he recruited a number of world renowned faculty, dramatically increased research funding, improved facilities, and initiated transformative changes in education and services for students.
Dai is an active, funded researcher in molecular and surface sciences. He has published 160 articles, edited two books and five journal volumes and delivered more than 280 invited lectures and seminars at international and national meetings, research institutions and universities. He has received numerous honors including a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, a Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Humboldt Fellowship from Germany, the Coblentz Prize in Molecular Spectroscopy, the Ellis Lippincott Award for Spectroscopy of the Optical Society of America, the Langmuir Lecturer Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, the American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section Award, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Institute of Chinese Engineers in the US, and several named lectureships from China, Japan, and the US. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society and served as the Chair of the APS Chemical Physics Division.
In addition to a gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania State Board on Drug, Device and Cosmetics, Dai has served in and advised government agencies, professional societies, universities and research institutions in the U.S. as well as abroad. He is the former conductor of Philadelphia's Chinese Musical Voices Choir and has conducted several orchestral concerts in the Philadelphia symphony hall.