Aditi Risbud Bartl is a communications professional with research, teaching and public relations expertise across the sciences and engineering. Her particular interest is in emerging fields at the frontiers of science and she communicates
the implications of technological breakthroughs to a broad audience.
In her current role as Executive Director of Communications and Strategic Priorities at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), she leads activities related to marketing, digital communications,
executive communications, internal communications, media relations, brand identity and reputational management for the College of Engineering. In addition, she guides the implementation of the college’s strategic plan, which encompasses
efforts from the college’s eight academic departments, centers and institutes.
Prior to becoming a communications leader, Risbud Bartl earned a BS degree from UC Davis in 2000 and a PhD degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2005, both in materials
science and engineering, along with a certificate from the science communications program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
In the last 15 years, she has held roles with increasing responsibility, first at global public relations firm Weber Shandwick,
where she provided communications counsel to healthcare and life sciences companies and advocacy groups and then at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she developed communications and marketing strategies for the Molecular Foundry. At the Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation, she promoted the achievements of foundation grantees at academic institutions worldwide through communications efforts and convenings with high-profile stakeholders.
In all of her roles, Risbud Bartl strives to identify,
generate and promote the significance of research, public-private partnerships and philanthropic efforts to a broad audience, including current and prospective students, alumni and donors, media, policymakers and the general public.
She served as chair of the MRS Public Outreach Committee from 2010-2014 and has been an active member of the society since 2001. She also received an MRS Graduate Student Silver Award in 2003. She currently serves on
the leadership roundtable of the Edge in Tech Initiative at the University of California, which is committed to addressing the challenges faced by women and other under-included identities in engineering and computer science fields.