Over the course of his 20-year career at the College of Engineering, Rorrer has earned international recognition for his research on using algae in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and environmental applications. His research has received funding from major federal government agencies such as NOAA, the Office of Naval Research, and NSF.
In his new appointment, Rorrer will manage the school’s chemical, biological, and environmental engineering programs, which include over 550 undergraduate students, 90 graduate students, and 20 faculty housed in Gleeson and Merryfield Halls on the OSU campus. In addition, he will continue to conduct research on uses of algae for renewable energy systems.
Rorrer said the timing was right for his new leadership role. “For the past twenty years, I have aspired to be relevant teacher and researcher. Now it is my turn to give back what I have learned to help others, and a big part of my job will be to enable opportunity and success for everyone in the school, both faculty and students. My focus is help the school continue to be the great place that it is, as we grow and move forward” he said.
~Abby P. Metzger