Professor Joseph Helble

Dean, Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering

Dean and Professor Joseph Helble of the Thayer School of Engineering is an expert of chemical and environmental engineering and a passionate leader who has brought about tremendous growth to engineering education at Dartmouth.

Dean Helble oversaw the campaign that resulted in the addition of four endowed professorships that strengthened Thayer School’s focus on engineering in medicine and innovation and entrepreneurship, construction of the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, establishment of the Ph.D. Innovation Program, and more opportunities for students in terms of international exchanges and fellowships.

His research interests have been environmental impacts of fossil energy utilization with emphasis on mercury, particulate matter, air pollution control, CO2 capture, and combustion-derived pollution. He is currently researching aerosol science and air quality engineering.

Helble holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his early career, he was a research scientist at Physical Sciences, Inc. and served as an Environmental Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency. Then he went to the University of Connecticut, where was an associate professor from 1995 to 2003 and head of UConn’s chemical engineering department from 1999 to 2004.