Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has appointed Russell Warley dean of faculty and professor of chemical engineering from the Penn State University system. He is currently interim director of the School of Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Warley will assume his new duties at Rose-Hulman July 1, where he will be responsible for execution of academic goals and working with academic department heads to maintain the smooth and efficient operation of those areas.

He joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Behrend in 2004 and became chair of that department in 2009. Warley launched an industrial engineering program in 2013 and chaired the combined mechanical and industrial engineering department until 2015. He was named interim director of the School of Engineering in 2015. Under his leadership, School of Engineering enrollment has grown to nearly 1,700 students, with 69 full-time faculty offering 13 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Warley also has two decades of industry experience. He previously spent 17 years at LORD Corp., where he served in the aerospace materials and process engineering group and for three years at Cabot Corp., a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company.

He received an award for technical excellence at LORD Corp., team awards for product commercialization at Cabot, the Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award at Behrend and the Penn State University Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence. Warley received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Akron and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.