Office of the Vice President for Research
Vice President for Research
Richard O. Buckius was named in May 2008 as the University's vice president for research. This position is charged with assisting faculty and staff in their research efforts and leading research administration and oversight, research development and proposal preparation, funding opportunities, and private sector partnerships.
Buckius has been assistant director of the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Engineering since 2005 and has been on leave from the University of Illinois since 2004, when he became director of the NSF's Division of Chemical and Transport Systems. He was head of the university's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1998 to 2004, the Richard W. Kritzer Professor from 1992 to 1997, and associate vice chancellor for research from 1988 to 1991.
Buckius' research contributions include his work to advance the fundamental knowledge in thermal sciences, specifically in the areas of radiation heat transfer, convective transport, and combustion.
He has received numerous awards, including the Richards Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and teaching in the thermal sciences and the Ralph Coats Roe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of contributions to research and teaching. He also received the Potter Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of eminent achievement in the science of thermodynamics in mechanical engineering.
Buckius received doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975, 1973, and 1972, respectively.