“I’ve been a researcher all my life and still count on my research abilities…and I don’t intend to stop,” says Dimitrov, associate professor of chemistry. He’s received considerable funding since joining Binghamton’s faculty: a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Development Award in 2008; another NSF grant in 2006 from its Division of Materials Research, Materials World Network for $255,000 for a collaboration with colleagues in Australia; and four consecutive years of funding from Binghamton’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC).
But teaching is also very much a part of what he does since he came to Binghamton several years ago. “I started teaching relatively late in my career,” he says, but he takes the responsibility seriously.
How a person teaches is up to them, says Dimitrov, who doesn’t shy away from the classroom at all. “The responsibility is mine. Why should I hide from it?” he asks, especially when colleagues join together to teach students. “We can work really well as a team and there’s nothing better than that,” he says.
Dimitrov finds himself at the interface of chemistry, physics and materials science, and takes advantage of the many options available for collaboration at Binghamton. He even recruits students from other disciplines to his research group, with one materials science student currently working with him and more in the pipeline. This diversity of the people he works with, whether faculty or students, adds to the value of his experiences here.
“The good thing for our department is we have a nice family of students who help each other,” he says. Whether international or domestic students, no matter how diverse their backgrounds may be, Dimitrov can work with them.
“I’m also dealing with many different fields in research and while many people emphasize nano or fuel cell or solar – I know there is a place for me to contribute,” he says.
The final analysis for Dimitrov -- he can combine his knowledge and research expertise with his teaching in a collegial setting as he strives for excellence. “A major goal for me is to help other colleagues and their students by teaching them what I know,” he says. “Overall, there’s a good balance here between rigorous research and professional teaching.”
Last Updated: 11/24/09