Joseph Helble is a 1982 summa cum laude chemical engineering graduate of Lehigh University and a 1987 chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Helble currently serves as Professor of Engineering and Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Before joining the Dartmouth faculty Helble was a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering faculty at the University of Connecticut, with research in the areas of air pollution, CO2 capture, aerosols, and nanoscale materials production. He served as Graduate Program Chair from 1996-1999 and Department Head from 1999-2004. He was also a member of the Environmental Engineering faculty, and initiated what has become a campus-wide program to produce biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil.
Prior to joining UConn in 1995, Helble spent eight years as a research scientist and manager at Physical Sciences Inc., a small business in Andover MA specializing in environmental and energy technology development. In 1993, he also worked at U.S. EPA headquarters in Washington D.C as a science and policy fellow of AAAS. He received the Barnard Award from AAAS for his work on dioxin as an EPA Fellow.
Helble has served on several EPA Science Advisory Board panels on air toxics, particulate matter, and the first draft report on the environment. He is a member of the editorial boards of Environmental Engineering Science and Fuel Processing Technology and a member of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Science Advisory Board at the University of Vermont. He is the author of over 100 publications in the areas of air pollution, aerosols, nanoscale ceramics, and air quality, and 3 U.S. patents related to nanoscale powder production. Helble was a recipient of a young faculty Career Award from NSF, an outstanding young faculty award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and the inaugural environmental faculty leadership award from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.