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Dean's Office|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dean's Office

July 3, 2014 — University of Wyoming Professor Al Rodi will lead UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science while the search for a new dean moves ahead.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with B.S (1965) and M.S. (1969) degrees in geophysical science, Rodi came to UW in 1977 to work with the university’s newly acquired King Air research aircraft and obtain his Ph.D. in atmospheric science, joining the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Science in 1981. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and full professor in 1993. Previously, Rodi worked at the Research Aviation Facility at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where he instrumented aircraft to support the atmospheric science community.

Rodi currently teaches graduate courses in physical meteorology, instrumentation and research ethics, and has mentored many master’s and doctoral students. He has published primarily in the area of cloud physics and airborne-observing technology based on his work with the Wyoming King Air research aircraft.

He became the chief scientist on the King Air from 1993-1998, director of the University’s Flight Center in 1998 and has been head of the Department of Atmospheric Science since 1998. Since 1999, Rodi has been the principal investigator on the cooperative agreements between UW and the National Science Foundation that funds the aircraft and its staff as a U.S. national facility that is part of NSF’s Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities.

The most recent five-year UW/NSF cooperative agreement was funded for $9.5 million to support operations through 2019.

A Call to Excellence - The UW Tier-1 Initiative

In May 2012, Gov. Matt Mead, the Legislature and the Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force articulated a vision to propel the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the University of Wyoming to the realms of excellence in instruction, research and service.

Read more about the UW Tier-1 Engineering Initiative by Dr. Khaled Gasem, College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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