Wilhelm Named Interim Assoc. Dean of Engineering

From Dr. Fred Tompkins, Interim Dean of Engineering:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Luther R. Wilhelm has accepted an appointment to serve as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. Following the appointment of a permanent dean, Dr. Wilhelm will return to his full-time faculty assignment.

A professor of biosystems engineering, Wilhelm has been a member of the faculty at the University of Tennessee for more than 30 years. He has been active in service throughout the university and has administrative experience as an interim department head.

Dr. Wilhelm holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees earned at UTSI in mechanical engineering with academic emphases in thermal sciences and fluid mechanics. Former engineering dean and UT chancellor Bill Snyder served as his major professor for the Ph.D. program.

Dr. Wilhelm's research has focused on post-harvest processing of food crops. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 journal articles, scientific papers, conference proceedings articles, and technical reports.

Teaching courses primarily related to process engineering, Dr. Wilhelm's innovation and excellence in teaching and overall faculty performance have earned him four college-wide or university-wide awards. Among these are the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award in 1994 and the Chancellor's Outstanding Advisor Award in 1996.

Dr. Wilhelm is active nationally in several professional societies including the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Institute of Food Technologists, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and
Air-conditioning Engineering, and American Society of Engineering Education. He is currently serving as editor of the Food and Process Engineering Institute of ASAE.

Dr. Wilhelm is a registered professional engineer licensed to practice in Tennessee.

Joel Lown

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