Joseph J. Helble, former head of the chemical engineering department at the University of Connecticut, will lead Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, beginning in September. A professor of chemical and environmental engineering, he has pursued research in air pollution and nanotechnology.
Helble received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1982 from Lehigh University and a PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He worked as a research scientist at Physical Sciences, Inc., and served as an Environmental Fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before turning to academia at the University of Connecticut. There, he was an associate professor from 1995 until 2003, when he was promoted to professor. As head of UConn's chemical engineering department, 1999-2004, he increased enrollment in the PhD program and increased the overall selectivity of the graduate program.
Helble will be the Thayer School's 12th dean. He succeeds Lewis Duncan, who was dean for six years.
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Last Updated: 5/30/08