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I am pleased to announce that Paul Westerhoff is our new associate dean for research. Paul follows Sayfe Kiaei in this position and we will have a party to recognize both of them in the near future. As all of you know, the recent growth in the impact and recognition of our research programs has been amazing and continuing this trajectory is a priority for Fulton Engineering.

Paul is a very accomplished, nationally recognized researcher, who brings a genuine interest in helping faculty expand the impact of their research programs. He has administrative experience and knows what it takes to pull together and lead successful transdisciplinary, university-industry collaboration on large-scale projects.

When asked why he is attracted to this new role, he says, “Any time I have encountered an obstacle, someone was there to remove it. In this
role, I hope to do the same thing for others.”

Paul has three overarching priorities in his role as associate dean for research:

  • Promote opportunities for associate professors to take on larger themes and big ideas in their research, as well as help find
    ways to fund those projects
  • Provide transparency and communicate the support available to researchers
  • Continue helping undergraduates pursue research through programs like FURI, as well as programs that attract top new students to Fulton Engineering

As he takes on this new role, Paul says he wants to listen for the next several months and welcomes input and ideas about what this position can do to help researchers. He also wants to serve as a resource to help find collaborators, whether at ASU or external organizations, including  minority-serving institutions.

“Researchers may know what expertise they need, but not where to find it. I hope to help with that to foster more collaboration,” he says.

Paul has served in many roles since joining ASU in 1995. He is a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and a senior sustainability scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. During his tenure, he has served as chair of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering and director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Paul has gained recognition for his research in the area of emerging contaminants and innovative treatment processes for water. His focus is weighted toward water issues in Arizona, but the results are of great significance to other arid regions in the U.S. and throughout the world. His work has led to prominent research awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Water Environment Federation. He has authored more than 120 peer reviewed journal papers during his career.

He has led research funded by American Water Works Association Research Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and local organizations. He belongs to numerous professional associations and is the vice chair of the WateReuse Research Foundation Research Advisory Board.  He has helped organize many workshops and symposium and is the 2013 vice chair of the Environmental Nanotechnology Gordon Conference.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a doctorate from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to this new role, and in offering our collective support to continue to expand and strengthen the impact of our research enterprise.

Paul C. Johnson

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