Vice President for Research
Dr. Peter K. Dorhout brings a tremendous depth of experience and an impressive portfolio of professional accomplishments to his role as the Vice President for Research at Iowa State University.
Peter joined Iowa State in January 2021, picking up the mantle of leadership from former VPR Sarah Nusser and interim VPR Guru Rao. In his previous role as VPR and professor of Chemistry at Kansas State University, Peter established a rock-solid reputation as a strong collaborator and forward-thinking leader. He is committed to partnering with faculty and staff scientists, — as well as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars — to help them advance Iowa State’s mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to benefit our world.
Among his many professional accomplishments, Peter is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, where he also served as President. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter is no stranger to Ames and Iowa State, having completed a postdoctoral assignment with the university and the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, serving with Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Corbett.
An Eagle Scout, Peter serves as president of the executive board of the Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the Research Corporation for Science Advancement board of directors and is a life member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
What can the Iowa State community expect from Peter in his role as VPR?
“I am committed to supporting Iowa State’s world-class researchers and programs, building on the university’s established strengths such as biosciences and engineering, while expanding our capacity in the arts, social sciences, and humanities, and maintaining a strong connection with the Ames Laboratory. Our faculty and students can also count on me to passionately support their entrepreneurial efforts and to help bring their discoveries to the marketplace.”
What is Peter’s favorite Iowa State discovery?
“With so much history at our land-grant university, it’s hard to select just one ‘favorite ISU discovery.’ From our advances in agriculture and the legacy created by George Washington Carver to the first computer, they’ve all contributed to a foundation of excellence that is Iowa State. For me as a radiochemist, my favorite innovation is the purification of uranium and the contributions to the chemical separations processes that benefitted the Manhattan Project.”