Sadiq Shah, a university administrator with long ties to research in academia and industry, has been named the associate vice president for research, innovation and economic development at Cal Poly Pomona. His new assignment starts June 20.
Shah was the vice provost for research and sponsored projects at the University of Texas, Pan American, in Edinburg starting in 2012. In addition to that role, he served as the interim vice president for research at the University of Texas, Brownsville. Shah helped facilitate the merger of the offices of research of these two campuses into a new university last year and served on the transition team for the launch of the new university. Similar to Cal Poly Pomona, those campuses were Hispanic Serving Institutions.
“Dr. Shah’s extensive experience in research and his ability to manage and lead institutional change initiatives will greatly benefit Cal Poly Pomona,” says Provost Sylvia Alva. “He is a proven leader who has industry knowledge combined with a successful record of increasing sponsored research and funded grants.”
Shah holds 19 patents involving chemicals and industrial products. His industry experience includes conducting research and managing development efforts for products and technology at several companies in the Midwest. In 2014, he was selected as the ACS Fellow by the American Chemical Society for his contributions in research and service to the society.
“Cal Poly Pomona as a polytechnic university has a unique mission to engage students in hands-on research, scholarship and creative activities. This experiential learning platform has earned a distinction and recognition for Cal Poly Pomona,” Shah says. “In the life of the institution, I believe that Cal Poly Pomona is at a unique juncture to take the teacher-scholar model and use the teaching platforms that will take the institution to the next level of distinction, with an opportunity to serve as a national model for other higher education Institutions. It is this unique opportunity that attracts me to Cal Poly Pomona.
“There is a broad spectrum of faculty and student talent pool, core research assets and expertise in diverse disciplines at Cal Poly Pomona that positions the institution to secure external grant funding through collaborative interdisciplinary teams. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we have access to a broad spectrum of funding opportunities. I would like to leverage my experience at other Hispanic Serving Institutions to work with faculty at Cal Poly Pomona as a team to help them secure these resources to support the institutional mission for teaching, research, scholarship and creative activities.
“I believe that there is also an opportunity to build partnerships with regional and national businesses with our faculty in various disciplines to not only create hands-on learning opportunities for our students, but also help businesses to gain a competitive advantage and support regional economic growth,” Shah says.
Prior to his work in the University of Texas system, Shah was the associate vice president for research and economic development at Western Kentucky University. He has also served as the associate vice president for research and sponsored programs at CSU Channel Islands and as director of Western Illinois University’s Entrepreneurship Center Network.
He is the editor and co-editor of three books about chemistry and corrosion, and author of several book chapters, as well as author of nearly three dozen journal articles.
Shah received his doctorate in physical-inorganic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a masters in physical chemistry from Washington State University and a master’s in physical-organic chemistry from University of the Pacific. Shah received masters in inorganic chemistry and his bachelor’s in chemistry and from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan.