Joseph J. Helble

Joseph J. Helble Dean, Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, NH

Board Member: Ex officio

B.S. Lehigh University
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph J. Helble is the 12th Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Professor of Engineering, positions he has held since 2005. Prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, 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 and environmental policy issues in the office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Previously, Dr. Helble was a member and later 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. He also initiated what has become a campus-wide program to produce biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil. From 1987 to 1995, he was employed as a research scientist and manager at Physical Sciences Inc. in Andover MA, specializing in environmental and energy technology development. In 1993, he also worked at U.S. EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a science and policy fellow of AAAS.

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 publications in the areas of air pollution, aerosols, nanoscale ceramics, and air quality, and 3 U.S. patents related to nanoscale 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 summa cum laude chemical engineering graduate of Lehigh University and a 1987 chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.