Professor Siegel’s career has followed parallel tracks of scholarly research and professional administration. In addition to earning a reputation as an international expert in Molecular Design and Chemical Synthesis, he has succeeded in building diverse academic institutions by creating progressive liberal education curricula, establishing state-of-the-art instrumentation platforms, and designing world-class research laboratories.
Professor Siegel joins Fulbright University Vietnam after nine years at Tianjin University where he was the first western-born Dean of a major school (Health Science Platform) in a Chinese public university. In Tianjin, he successfully restructured the schools to be highly international and culturally integrated. As a result, the PRC Ministry of Education (MoE) and State Association on Foreign Experts Authority (SAFEA) selected his program as a charter National International Center of Excellence (NICE), and designating it a “model program” for the internationalization of higher education in China. His accomplishments earned him the Chinese National Friendship award and he was named one of the 40 most influential foreign experts in China’s 40 years of opening.
Prior moving to China, he held a Chaired Professorship of Chemistry from 2003-2013 and was Dean of Studies for the Faculty of Sciences at University of Zurich (Switzerland). However, his academic career began in 1986, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Strasbourg, France. Professor Siegel was chosen as a US-NSF Presidential Young Investigator while an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California at San Diego. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992, and to Full Professor in 1996.
Professor Siegel obtained a BSc in Chemistry from California State University, Northridge, was a Fulbright exchange student at ETH-Zurich, and earned his Ph. D. from Princeton University. He was visiting professor at Caltech, University of Basel, the Weizmann Institute, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has led scholarly societies, foundations, and journal advisory boards; and, he has run grant panels and award programs around the globe. He is a fellow of the American and Royal Societies of Chemistry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Alexander von Humboldt Society.