Richard H. Heist, PhD, has been named interim dean of the School of Engineering at Fairfield University, effective July 16, 2018. Dr. Heist is Senior Vice President, Emeritus, for Academic Affairs and Research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
At Embry-Riddle, Dr. Heist was named provost and senior vice president as well as professor of engineering in 2007. He was executive vice president and chief academic officer of the Daytona Beach campus from 2009 to 2012, and then assumed the duties of chancellor, also for the Daytona Beach campus. Dr. Heist was appointed senior vice president for academic affairs and research for the university in January 2015, and he retired from Embry-Riddle in August 2016.
During his tenure at Embry-Riddle, Dr. Heist had oversight responsibility for all of Embry-Riddle's academic and research matters. His responsibilities included all academic programs at the Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD levels including the oversight of academic policy and procedures; the evaluation and development of curricula; ensuring accreditation compliance, the growth of scholarly research; and the oversight of the University Research Centers. He worked with the president, the university cabinet, other university officers and faculty to provide strategic academic direction.
Prior to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Heist served for seven years as the dean of the School of Engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., where he also was professor of engineering and director of the Nucleation Laboratory.
Before joining Manhattan College, Dr. Heist spent 26 years at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., where he was the associate dean for graduate studies for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as a professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Nucleation Research.
A recipient of numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching, Dr. Heist has an extensive record of research and scholarship in nucleation, nucleation-related phenomena, cavitation, aerosols and other ultrafine particles, and educational applications of microcomputers. He holds a PhD from Purdue University, where his thesis research was in the fields of physical chemistry and chemical physics, and a BA from Catawba College, where he majored in chemistry and minored in physics.