Professor and Associate Dean for Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Access
College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University
Prof. Surita Bhatia is a Professor of Chemistry, Affiliate Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, and Director of the NSF NRT PhD training grant on Quantitative Analysis of Materials. She has previously served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs for Stony Brook University (SBU) and Vice Chair of the SBU Department of Chemistry. Dr. Bhatia received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Chemical Engineering, followed by postdoctoral training at the Rhodia/Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Complex Fluids Laboratory. Dr. Bhatia has worked in public higher education for over two decades, first at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she was a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, Associate Director of the Institute for Cellular Engineering, and in the leadership of the NSF-funded Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing. In 2012, she moved to a joint position as a Staff Scientist at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at SBU.
Dr. Bhatia’s research program focuses on structure, assembly, and rheological properties of polymeric gels, soft biomaterials, and nanoparticle dispersions. Exclusive of center grants, she has been PI or Co-PI on grants totaling $16 million from NSF, NIH, the Department of Energy, philanthropic foundations, and private industry. Dr. Bhatia is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a Fellow of the Society of Rheology, and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a Dupont Young Professor Award, a 3M Corporation Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and a 2018 AIChE Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Chemical Engineering. Dr. Bhatia also has strong interests in mentoring, diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this regard, she has served as PI on three NSF REU projects, joint-PI on NIH IMSD and NIH PREP programs for underrepresented minority students in the biomedical sciences, and she is a recipient of the national AIChE WIC Mentorship Excellence Award. Dr. Bhatia has been recognized at the national level for her work on inclusion and diversity in STEM fields; she was an invited participant at the 2009 National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering Education” Symposium and at the 2011 NSF/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Workshop on Gender Diversity in Nanoscience Fields. More information about her research and interests can be found here: