Candidates for ERE/SERC Position Coming to Campus

As we’ve reported previously, the Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) Department and SERC have been seeking a new faculty member. The successful candidate will split time between teaching and advising duties in the ERE Department and research work at SERC.

The search committee members are Arne Jacobson, Charles Chamberlin, Dave Vernon, and Peter Lehman as chair. The committee has conducted phone interviews with a pool of leading applicants and invited four excellent candidates for on-campus interviews. They will visit HSU during the last week of January and the first week of February. They’ll be meeting with faculty and administrators, teaching a class, and presenting a research seminar during a whirlwind day and a half.

The entire ERE faculty will make the final decision of the successful candidate. We hope to have a new colleague in place by next fall semester.

About Peter Lehman

Director of SERC and a professor of Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. Dr. Lehman received a B.S. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where he conducted research on the aerochemistry of photochemical air pollution. Before coming to HSU, he has been a member of the faculties of Sacramento State University; California State University, Northridge; and Deep Springs College. While at HSU, Dr. Lehman has served as chair of the Environmental Resources Engineering Department, co-chair of the International Development Technology masters program, and faculty advisor to the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology. His research interests include renewable energy systems, especially solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. Dr. Lehman's work at the Schatz Center includes the development of solar hydrogen generation systems, development and production of fuel cell personal utility and neighborhood electric vehicles, and research and production of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Most recently, the Center is involved in integrating electrolyzers into complete hydrogen generation and dispensing facilities, and developing and producing fuel cell systems for telecommunications, portable power and uninterruptible power supply applications.