Dr. Henry C. “Hank” Foley was appointed Vice President for Research and
Dean of The Graduate School at Penn State on January 1,
2010. In February of 2011 he became the Executive Director of the Energy
Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub, a DOE Energy Innovation HUB headquartered at The
Navy Yard in Philadelphia. In 2010, Foley became the Director of Penn State’s
Center for Academic Excellence in Intelligence Studies, an award made from the
Office of the Director for National Intelligence. Prior to this he was the dean
of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State
University from November 20, 2006 to December 31, 2009. In his role as
vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School, Foley is
responsible for overseeing a research enterprise with over $780 million dollars
in expenditures and over 9,000 graduate students in more than 150 graduate
degree programs, including 121 doctorate, 110 academic master’s and 73
professional master’s degree programs.
Foley returned to the University in 2000 as the Walter L. Robb
Family Endowed Chair and head of the Department of Chemical
Engineering. Before accepting the position of dean of IST, Foley served
as the University's associate vice president for research and director
of strategic initiatives (beginning in 2004), where he was responsible
for the development of major new research initiatives and worked
closely with state and federal agencies to enhance Penn State's
research opportunities. Foley also provided overall leadership for the
University's Homeland Security Coordination Council, the Office of
Military and Security Programs, the Worldwide Universities Network, the
Center for Space Research, and the Animal Resource Program. One of his
primary responsibilities was to assist with the development of major
new initiatives that bring interested parties together from disparate
colleges and geographic locations.
Prior to coming to Penn State, he was a professor of chemical
engineering at the University of Delaware. There, he also was director
of the University's Center for Catalytic Science and Technology.
Foley's extensive industrial experience includes working for
American Cyanamid Company and consulting with Air Products, Monsanto,
DuPont, Englehard Corporation, and many other companies.
Foley holds numerous memberships in professional and honorary
societies including the American Society for Cybernetics, the Computing
Research Association, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Pi Sigma, the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical
Society. He was a founding member of the AIChE's Catalysis and Reaction
Engineering Division and served as its chair.
His awards and recognition include the New York Metropolitan
Catalysis Society's Excellence in Catalysis Award, the Philadelphia
Catalysis Club's Annual Award, the Leo C. Friend Award from the
I&EC Division of the American Chemical Society, the Research
Innovation Recognition Award from Union Carbide Corporation, the
Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science
Foundation, and the Thiele Lecture at the University of Notre Dame. He
has authored more than 100 papers, holds almost 20 patents, and is
author of the textbook, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis
Using Mathematica, published in 2003.
For more information, please visit the Department of Chemical Engineering.