By Steve Harmic, Penn State DuBois
DUBOIS – Ping Werner has been named interim chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State DuBois effective Jan. 1, 2013, following the retirement of current chancellor Anita McDonald.
In this role, Werner will be responsible for the administrative oversight of the campus, as well as the direction of its academic functions.
She will serve as interim chancellor until a permanent chancellor is identified, likely during the spring semester.
Werner is a professor of engineering at Penn State DuBois, and began teaching at the campus as an instructor in 1990. She rose through the ranks of assistant professor and associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2005.
Werner’s concentration is in electrical engineering, and she has taught a variety of courses in that field at the campus. Her research interests include theoretical and computational electromagnetics with applications to antenna theory and design, electromagnetic metamaterials, wireless and personal communication systems, fractal electrodynamics and genetic algorithms. Her work has primarily involved developing novel antenna design technologies. She has developed several new techniques useful for designing miniature and multiband/broadband antennas as well as miniature arrays. Her work on genetically engineered fractal/stochastic antennas has been developed and applied as part of several funded research contracts. She has two U.S. patents, more than 100 publications and has written five book chapters.
Among her accomplishments and recognitions, Werner has been selected as a Leonhard Center Fellow and awarded funding for developing and improving undergraduate courses from The Leonhard Center, College of Engineering. She was a recipient of the College of Engineering PSES Outstanding Teaching Award. She is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.