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UC dean to receive prestigious electrochemical award

headshot of Dr. John Weidner

Dr. John Weidner, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science

John Weidner, dean of the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science, will receive the most prestigious mid-career award given by The Electrochemical Society on Oct. 14 in Atlanta.

The Carl Wagner Memorial Award is given every two years to an individual who demonstrates excellence in electrochemical research, as well as teaching or guidance of students in education, industry or government.

“I am very honored and humbled to be receiving this award,” Weidner said. “Of course, ultimately it reflects the great colleagues and amazing students I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career.  I have learned as much from them as I hope they have learned from me.“

Weidner’s research focuses on the design and optimization of electrochemical systems. He is currently working with the Savannah River National Laboratory on the largescale production of hydrogen from solar energy and with General Motors Co. on developing mathematical models for electric vehicle performance.

I am very honored and humbled to be receiving this award. Of course, ultimately it reflects the great colleagues and amazing students I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career. I have learned as much from them as I hope they have learned from me.

John Weidner, Ph.D. Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science

Weidner’s research and mentoring accomplishments are examples of the innovation agenda outlined in UC’s strategic direction, called Next Lives Here.

He has published 113 refereed journal articles and contributed to more than 200 technical presentations in the field of electrochemical engineering.

Weidner earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. Before starting as dean at UC in August, he spent 28 years at the University of South Carolina as a professor, department chairman and director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center.

Learn more about The Electrochemical Society on the ECS website.