Dr. Kozinski received his MEng and PhD degrees from AGH-University of Science & Technology in Krakow, Poland. He joined McGill in 1994 after postdoctoral training at the University of Utah and MIT. He is a William Dawson Scholar and an associate professor in the Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Kozinski is the leader of a multidisciplinary research team involving colleagues from medicine, chemistry, biotechnology and engineering. His work includes projects related to bioenergy, hydrogen economy, pathogen and mutagen destruction, greenhouse gas mitigation, and Mars exploration. He has held many strategic and collaborative projects in partnership with industry.
He has served on several academic, admission and administrative committees at McGill and on external committees at the local, national and international levels. He was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade to join its "Ecomaterials Mission" in Japan (2002), "Nanotechnology Mission" in Europe (2002) and "Renewable Energy Mission" in Europe (2003). He was the only Canadian researcher invited to participate in zero-gravity parabolic flights organized by the European Space Agency to evaluate the application of metal nanoparticles for interplanetary propulsion.
As Associate Vice-Principal (Research), Dr. Kozinski will assume a wide range of key research administration responsibilities, including developing research policies and procedures, provision of expert advice on matters related to research ethics, coordination of the approval process for all new research centres, as well as review of all funded research centres. He will chair the task force developing a new policy on conflict of interest and research misconduct.
His functions will also include developing and promoting McGill's research partnerships with industry, other research organizations and government agencies, and overseeing the Research Grants Office, the Office of International Research and the new Strategic University Research Funding Office. He will work closely with Research and Restricted Funds to ensure effective administration of research funding.