Provost Russell Pinizzotto
Dr. Russell Pinizzotto is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is working on new undergraduate and graduate programs, integrating life sciences within the Institute’s programs, and improving the academic infrastructure. He is also promoting interdisciplinary, project-based learning and the use of technology in the classroom.
Prior to joining Wentworth, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. He served as Interim Provost in 2007-2008. Pinizzotto was the founding dean of the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University, a program for academically talented students who attend college after completing their sophomore year in high school. He was the founding chair of the graduate Department of Materials Science at the University of North Texas, where he was a professor of Physics and Materials Science for 13 years.
In 1983, Pinizzotto founded an electron microscopy service company in Dallas, Texas - Ultrastructure, Inc. Previously, he was a senior member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments' Central Research Laboratories and spent a year as a post-doctoral scientist at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. Before attending graduate school, he worked as a scientist for Structural Composites Industries in Azusa, CA and as an undergraduate, worked in the Physics Division of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
Pinizzotto received his Ph.D. in materials science from UCLA in 1978, an engineer's degree from UCLA in 1977, and a B.S. in chemistry from Caltech in 1972. He completed an M.S. in astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia in 2009.
Pinizzotto is married to Robin Winters Johnson, a management consultant and founder of Vidalia Associates. They have three children and three grandchildren. His non-academic interests include music (he plays drums and vibes), astronomy, boating, flying and golf. He is a voracious reader of everything from history to science fiction.