Alum Dr. John W. Weidner (Ph.D. ’91) has been appointed as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. Weidner will join UC on August 12th, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. He currently serves as Department Chair and CEC Campaign for Excellence Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.
Per the UC announcement, “As department head, Weidner has successfully managed a multi-million-dollar budget, increased undergraduate enrollment, led accreditation reviews and launched new academic programs. He also led a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate site to prepare undergraduates for research careers.”
“Weidner joined the University of South Carolina as assistant professor in 1991. He was named professor in 2004. Weidner has held several administrative positions throughout his career, including associate department chair, director of the hydrogen and fuel cell center, department chair and interim associate dean for research. Additionally, he has been a visiting scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.”
“Weidner’s research primarily focuses on renewable-energy applications, including the synthesis and characterization of electrocatalysts and electrochemically active materials. He also studies the design and operation of electrochemical processes using sophisticated mathematical models for applications such as advanced batteries, fuel cells and electrochemical reactors.”
“Weidner has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and served as inaugural editor for ECS Transactions and past technical editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has a joint appointment at the Savannah River National Laboratory.”
Congratulations to Dr. Weidner for your new appointment!