Chemical Engineering: Dr.Vohs
Dr. John M. Vohs has been named Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at SEAS effective February 1. He served the School as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before becoming Interim Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department in January of this year, succeeding Dr. Raymond Gorte. Dr. Vohs had previously held a number of positions within the Chemical Engineering Department, including that of Undergraduate Curriculum Chair, and has been a member of numerous committees for the School and the University.
Dr. Vohs received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1983 and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1988. He spent a year as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium, before beginning his career at Penn in 1989. Dr. Vohs is a renowned scholar in kinetics and catalysis, surface chemistry of metal oxides, and chemical processes in the production of electronic materials. His joint research with Dr. Gorte on solid oxide fuel cells has had recent significant breakthroughs and garnered considerable national attention.
In announcing this appointment, Dean Eduardo Glandt said, "John has served the Chemical Engineering Department and the School with distinction in all roles that he has assumed; I know that he will trail-blaze in this role."
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 26, March 20, 2001