Dr. Cliff Kubiak has served as the Faculty Athletics Representative for UC San Diego's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics since 2007.
A distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD, Kubiak serves as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. Kubiak also chairs the Faculty Athletic Board of Advisors (FABA).
In June of 2013, Kubiak received the Athletics Department's Meritorious Service Award.
Kubiak, who also holds the Harold C. Urey Endowed Chair in Chemistry, received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Rochester. He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT and later a professor of chemistry at Purdue University from 1982 to 1998, when he joined the faculty at UC San Diego.
His research laboratory is focused on the catalysis of the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide and the photochemical “splitting” of carbon dioxide. It also conducts research on “ultrafast electron transfer dynamics,” which has improved the fundamental understanding of molecular scale electron transfer and could pave the way for the development of molecular electronic devices.
In April of 2014, Kubiak was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.