Sustainable Technology

Monday, September 23, 2013
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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks nominations and expressions of interest in the Viessmann Endowed Chair in Sustainable Technology. A tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, the inaugural Chair will teach and develop courses in a department appropriate to the successful candidate’s background, in support of the new Environmental Engineering Technology Program at UW Oshkosh.

Having integrated the concepts of sustainability into curriculum, operations, research and outreach, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has achieved national recognition as one of the leading universities in terms of sustainability. The first campus in the United States declared a fair trade university, UW Oshkosh also employs green purchasing, renewable energy, green building construction, waste reduction, energy conservation, and recycling practices, as well as fresh water and storm water initiatives.

The Viessmann Group of Allendorf, Germany, is an internationally renowned, $2.5 billion energy-systems titan whose advancements in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy led to German Sustainability Awards in 2009 and 2011. The group’s Wisconsin-based subsidiary, BioFerm Energy Systems of Madison, first partnered with UW Oshkosh to plan and build the university’s dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester, the first facility in the western hemisphere to compost biomatter, such as food refuse, and to harvest the resultant methane for electricity and heat production. In collaboration, students and faculty operate the plant and its learning laboratory and study the project at UW Oshkosh’s Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC).

On July 12, 2013, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a collaborative, interdisciplinary program in engineering technology, anticipated to launch in the 2013-2014 academic year. The program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Environmental Engineering Technology. The new Chair will teach three courses per year related to environmental engineering and/or sustainability, lead efforts to create opportunities for UW Oshkosh to work with local and global partners on issues related to the development of renewable energy, serve as the liaison to the Viessmann Group, and develop curriculum and outreach programs.  The Chair will also anchor the new collaborative Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering Technology at UW Oshkosh.

The successful candidate is also expected to lead a vigorous and externally funded research program. This position requires a Ph.D. in engineering or a related natural or physical science.  The successful candidate must demonstrate teaching and leadership experience; research success in engineering, sustainability, renewable energy or other closely related fields of study; successful grant writing; and strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of establishing experientially based outreach programs, complemented by the ability to develop community/industry relationships that enhance engineering technology and renewable energy initiatives.

Review of materials (c.v. and letter of interest) will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. UW Oshkosh has retained Archer~Martin Associates as its executive search counsel. For further information, please contact Nancy Martin, Dr. Lorna Edmundson, or Andrea Jupina, in confidence, at or 508-325-6161. The leadership profile may be obtained at

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer.  Employment will require a criminal background check. UW Oshkosh complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.


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