South Carolina State
Dr. G. Dale Wesson
Dr. G. Dale Wesson is vice president of the SC State University Division of Research, Economic Development and Public Service and executive director of 1890 Research & Extension, the university’s land-grant program.
Wesson joined SC State in October 2009 to assume his current positions for which he provides leadership in the development, implementation, operation and assessment of programs that support sponsored research, academic programs and extension or community outreach.
Under his leadership, the university launched in September 2010, ‘$50 million by 2015,’ an initiative designed to increase the university’s research capacity to $50 million annually for five years. To date, SC State has exceeded more than half of its 2010-11 goal of $29.3 million in funding, which supports research and scholarship in wide-ranging fields of studies like nuclear engineering, transportation, education, business, chemistry and biological sciences.
Wesson also facilitated several firsts for the university. He was integral in executing the disbursement of research incentives to qualifying researchers through SC State’s first research incentive plan, and, through his guidance, the 1890 Research Program established four new research centers.
A registered professional engineer, Wesson gained a decade of industrial experience while working as a senior production supervisor at the Dow Chemical Company’s Heat Transfer Fluids plant in Midland, MI.
Wesson was recognized among world-class engineers and scientists when he was selected for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Massie Chairs of Excellence in Engineering Program. Wesson, the first in university history to receive this distinction, received the appointment fall 2010.
As part of the Massie Chair Program at SC State, Wesson and his research team will continue research on computational fluid dynamics, a study he began while pursuing his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Michigan State University. The study will also expand to investigate applications of thermal hydraulics in nuclear engineering. Additionally, the research will develop and implement programs designed to produce leading minority engineers who specialize in the nuclear industry. The specialty training will dovetail the ongoing scholarly activities in the university’s undergraduate nuclear degree program, the only such program in South Carolina.
Wesson is the author of more than 50 combined journal publications and technical presentations. He has served on numerous boards, including the Florida Research Consortium and the Leon County Research Development Authority. For recognition of his contributions to chemical engineering, in 2009, Wesson received the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers’ (NOBCChE) Chemical Engineering award and, in 2008, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) named him as one of the top Black Eminent Chemical Engineers at their 100th anniversary meeting.
Wesson earned degrees in chemical engineering; from Illinois Institute of Technology, he received a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.