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Wolfe to Direct Appalachian’s Applied Science and Research Program

122001wolfe_dl.jpgBOONE–Appalachian State University has named Richard A. Wolfe director of its newly created applied science and research program in the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School.

The graduate school encompasses graduate studies and research at Appalachian.

Dean Judith E. Domer, who announced the appointment, said the new program will serve as an important link connecting Appalachian’s academic and research community more closely with business and economic development activities across the region.

“Dr. Wolfe’s educational background and extensive experience in government, business and applied research will help Appalachian bridge the gap between educational and research activities of our faculty and students and the applied research needs of business and industry in Northwest North Carolina,” she said.

In a career that spans more than three decades, Wolfe has been a research manager with Monsanto Research Corporation, chief of the development branch of the U.S. Department of Energy, vice president of United Coal Company of Bristol, Va., and president and founder of Coal Technology Corp. As an engineering consultant, he also has provided support to various companies in technology implementation and contract-grant funding to support a variety of energy related programs.

Wolfe holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from the department of chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati.