Tom Peterson

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NSF
Tom Peterson
Biography

Dr. Thomas W. Peterson is assistant director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining NSF, he was dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, his Master of Science from the University of Arizona and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering. He has served on the faculty of the University of Arizona since 1977, as head of the chemical and environmental engineering department from 1990 to 1998, and as dean from 1998 until January 2009. During his service as dean, Peterson was a member of the Executive Board for the Engineering Deans' Council of ASEE and was vice-chair of EDC from 2007 to 2008. He has served on the board of directors of the Council for Chemical Research and on the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He was one of the founding members of the Global Engineering Deans' Council, and at Arizona made global education experiences a high priority for his engineering students. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research. The ENG Directorate at NSF provides critical support for the nation's engineering research and education activities, and is a driving force behind the education and development of the nation's engineering workforce. With a budget of approximately $640 million, the directorate supports fundamental and transformative research, the creation of cutting-edge facilities and tools, broad interdisciplinary collaborations, and through its Centers and Small Business Innovation Research programs, enhances the competitiveness of U.S. companies.

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