Rodney D. Priestley is the first Vice Dean for Innovation at Princeton University. He is also a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Associate Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, and an entrepreneur. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2008. His research involves the description and development of complex materials, especially nanoparticles, thin polymer films, and nanocomposites, with a particular focus on materials properties at small length scales. His work is having an impact on industries ranging from personal care to aerospace. His recent interest includes the use of polymers in sustainability and their implications on the environment. Recent recognitions include the 2020 American Physical Society Dillon Medal and 2020 American Chemical Society Macro Letters-Biomacromolecules-Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. Priestley was also named to the Root 100 list of most influential African Americans and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist.