Ronald Kander

Dean, Kanbar College & Associate Provost for Applied Research
Jefferson University

Professor Kander is founding Dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) where he teaches and does research in the areas of materials science, systems modeling, data visualization, and integrative design thinking. He is also Associate Provost for Applied Research at Jefferson. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Before joining Philadelphia University (now Jefferson), he was founding Director of the School of Engineering at James Madison University (JMU), Department Head of Integrated Science & Technology at JMU, and a faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at Virginia Tech (VT). While at VT, he was also Director of the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary “Green Engineering” program. Before joining academia, he was employed by DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Composites Division of the Fibers Department and in the Polymer Physics Group of the Central Research Department.