Ruben Carbonell, a professor at N.C. State University, has been named the director of the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center.

The center, which is located at the Centennial Campus at NCSU, recently launched its operation.

Carbonell replaces Peter Kilpatrick, who recently resigned to become head of the College of Engineering at Notre Dame. Carbonell assumes the job on Jan. 1.

The training center was founded to train as many as 2,000 workers every year for North Carolina’s growing biotech industry.

Carbonell is a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at NCSU. He also is director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science.

“Ruben Carbonell is a distinguished researcher and talented administrator who has worn a number of hats during his nearly two dozen years at NC State,” said Larry Nielsen, NC State’s provost and executive vice chancellor. “We’re fortunate that we can put this important facility and its training programs – which will have such a tremendous impact on the growth of the biomanufacturing sector in our state – in his capable hands.”

Carbonell joined the NCSU faculty in 1984. He received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and a PhD in chemical engineering at Princeton.