Gregory Rorrer (PhD Chem Egr ’89), a professor in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, will lead its School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering.
He will manage programs that include more than 550 undergraduate students, 90 graduate students, and 20 faculty. Rorrer’s research is focused on the use of algae in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and environmental applications.
The OSU College of Engineering is among the nation’s largest and most productive engineering programs. In the past six years, the college has more than doubled its research expenditures to $27.5 million by emphasizing highly collaborative research that solves global problems, spins out new companies, and produces opportunity for students through hands-on learning.
Rorrer recently returned from a two-year appointment in Washington, DC. He was program director for the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation, where he managed a $10 million annual program on next-generation sustainable energy systems.