Joseph J. Helble
Joseph J. Helble, Ph.D., is the 12th Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Professor of Engineering. During his tenure, the Thayer School has identified three broadly interdisciplinary areas - Engineering in Medicine; Energy Technologies; and Complex Systems - as the focus of faculty and program growth. In 2008, building on the efforts of Thayer’s entrepreneurial faculty, the school established the nation's first doctoral-level engineering Innovation Program to address the growing need for individuals with high-level technical and entrepreneurial expertise. Thayer has also developed exchange programs for engineering study in Asia and Europe; a modified major with public policy for those interested in careers in public service; a joint M.S./M.D. degree program with Dartmouth Medical School to provide aspiring medical practitioners with advanced training in biomechanics or soft tissue imaging; founded and organized the Formula HybridTM International Competition, an alternative student formula racing competition that emphasizes hybrid technology and fuel efficiency, and that attracted 30 entries from around the world in 2010. Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2005, Dr. Helble was the Roger Revelle Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), enabling him to spend an academic year addressing technology policy issues in the office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman. He has also served as professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, with research in the areas of air pollution, CO2 capture, aerosols, and nanoscale materials production. From 1987 to 1995, he was employed as a research scientist at Physical Sciences Inc. in Andover MA. Dr. Helble has served on several EPA Science Advisory Board panels, and is presently on the editorial boards of two scientific journals. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications in the areas of air pollution, aerosols, and nanoscale ceramics, and 3 U.S. patents related to nanoscale ceramic powder production. He was a recipient of a young faculty Career Award from NSF, an outstanding young faculty award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and the inaugural environmental faculty leadership award from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Helble is a 1982 B.S. graduate of Lehigh University and a 1987 chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.