Joseph J. Helble, Dean and Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College's Thayer School, received his BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT. From 1987-1995, he worked as a research scientist at Physical Sciences, Inc., and served as a fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
He then joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut as Associate Professor of both Chemical and Environmental Engineering. He was later promoted to full professor, and also served first as Graduate Program Chair and then as Chemical Engineering Department Head.
Before joining Thayer School, Helble was named the 2004-2005 Roger Revelle Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This honor allowed him to spend the 2004-2005 academic year addressing technology and environmental policy initiatives in the U.S. Senate.
Helble has served on numerous EPA Science Advisory Boards and is a member of the editorial boards of Environmental Engineering Science and Fuel Processing Technology. He is a recipient of a young faculty Career Award from NSF, an outstanding young faculty award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and the Barnard Award from AAAS. Helble conducts research in the areas of aerosol science, air pollution, and ceramic nanoparticle technology.
He holds five patents, all relating to a device that produces nanoscale ceramic powders.
Helble has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies, participated in planning and organizing many professional conferences, delivered presentations and lectures worldwide, and he is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.