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Meet Dean Rudolph G. Buchheit

On July 1st, 2018, Rudolph G. Buchheit became the 11th dean of the UK College of Engineering. Previously, Dean Buchheit was associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.

During his time at Ohio State, Buchheit supervised the recruitment of a three-year faculty cohort that was 45 percent women and diverse men. He brought that same commitment to diversity and inclusion to UK, leading the college to receive a Bronze Award from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). In addition to the Bronze Award, the college was further recognized as being “exemplar.” The distinction came as the result of ASEE’s inaugural Diversity Recognition Program.

Two months after taking office, Buchheit announced the largest faculty hiring initiative in the  UK College of Engineering’s history. One year later, the college welcomed over 20 new tenure-track faculty members to the college. The new hires carried impressive credentials, a passion for teaching and research prowess in autonomy and robotics, engineering for human health, materials and energy, humanitarian engineering, aerospace engineering and more.

Buchheit has launched an aggressive student recruitment plan with the goal of enrolling 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students by 2025. Simultaneously, he has sought to increase the quality of the incoming students by raising the minimum ACT math score. Over 800 first-year students entered the college for the fall 2019 semester.

Buchheit earned his bachelor's degree in engineering science at Loyola University Maryland. He also has a master's degree and a doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Virginia. Buchheit served as department chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State from October 2006-August 2014. Before joining Ohio State, Buchheit was a senior member of the technical staff in the Materials and Process Sciences Directorate at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. He is the recipient of the H.H. Uhlig Educator’s Award from NACE and the Morris Cohen Award from the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society.