Dr. Rudolph Buchheit, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, will speak at the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership (BEP) luncheon on Friday, May 3. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and be held at the Commerce Center, 300 South 3rd Street, in the Paducah Bank Community Room. The luncheon is open to the public but reservations are required. There is a $15 fee to attend the catered luncheon.
Dean Buchheit will provide an update on the UK College of Engineering including the Paducah campus.
Dr. Buchheit became dean in July 2018. Previously he was the associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. During his tenure there, Buchheit supervised the recruitment of a three-year faculty cohort that was 45 percent women and diverse men, and he oversaw an operating budget of $240 million including $130 million in research expenditures.
Buchheit earned his bachelor's degree in engineering science at Loyola University Maryland. He also has a master's degree and doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Virginia. Buchheit's research is in the area of corrosion science and engineering with emphasis on the chemistry and electrochemistry of corrosion, corrosion modeling and corrosion prediction; mostly related to aluminum alloys and products.
Buchheit is the recipient of the H.H. Uhlig Educator’s Award from NACE and the Morris Cohen Award from the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society. He is also the recipient of the Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at Ohio State and is a two-time recipient of the Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for outstanding teaching.