The Oregon State University College of Engineering has announced that Thomas Weller is the new head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, effective July 31.
Weller comes to OSU from the University of South Florida, where he was chair of the Electrical Engineering Department and co-director of the Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems.
He served as the associate dean for research in the USF College of Engineering from 2008 to 2012. In the private sector, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company, consulted for Lockheed Martin Microwave and co-founded Modelithics, Inc., a Tampa-based firm specializing in microwave modeling services and computer-assisted engineering model libraries.
“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing faculty and staff at OSU,” Weller said. “I’m especially impressed by the school’s great portfolio of innovative research and its expansive impact on students and society at large. With the synergy between electrical engineering and computer science, combined with the many strengths across the college and its culture of collaboration, a very exciting future lies ahead.”
Weller’s research interests are in tunable and reconfigurable microwave circuits, microwave applications of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, electromagnetic sensors, passive microwave circuit design, planar and 3D electrically small antennas, and equivalent circuit modeling.
He has led more than 115 research projects funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory and Central Intelligence Agency. Weller has published more than 300 journal and conference papers and holds 36 U.S. patents. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Academy of Inventors.
“We are fortunate to have Tom at OSU,” said Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of the
College of Engineering. “I take great pride in the collective achievements of the faculty and staff of EECS and am looking forward to Tom joining our community and helping to elevate the school and the college to new heights.”
Weller takes over for interim head Bella Bose, who remains on the faculty as a professor of computer science.
About the OSU College of Engineering: The 10th largest engineering program based on undergraduate enrollment, the college received nearly $60 million in sponsored research awards in the 2019-20 fiscal year and is global leader in health-related engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced manufacturing, clean water and energy, materials science, computing and resilient infrastructure. The college ranks second nationally among land grant universities and third among the nation’s 94 public R1 universities for percentage of tenured or tenure-track faculty who are women.