Professor and Dean
School of Physical Sciences
PH.D., Harvard University, 1977
A.B., Hope College, 1973
Dr. Kenneth C. Janda was appointed to his second term as Dean of UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences in July 2016. During his first term, the school has continued to climb in rankings and gained international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. All four departments are ranked above 90th percentile by the National Research Council.
Prior to starting his first term as dean in 2011, Janda served as interim dean and associate dean of the school as well as vice chair and chair of the UCI Academic Senate. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has been a professor of chemistry at UCI since 1992. Before arriving at UCI, Janda was a Chemistry Faculty member at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also worked as a research associate at the University of Chicago and a visiting professor at the Universite de Paris-Sud and the Universite Paul Sabatier. Among his many accolades, he has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, and a Fulbright Fellow. Recently, his research emphasis has focused on the study of gas clathrate-hydrate solid solutions. His current projects include formation kinetics studies aimed at producing large amounts of hydrates in short times and NMR studies of water molecules and guest dynamics as a function of temperature.
Janda is an inspiring educator who works closely with undergraduates and graduate students while giving them unique opportunities to work on projects in his lab. He is a strong supporter of pre-college education and is the UCI Director of the CalTeach program which aspires to train the best-of-the-best K-12 Science Teachers.