Vice President, Academic Affairs and Research - Dan White
Daniel M. White joined the University in 1995 and became a professor of civil and environmental engineering. His interest and expertise in the traditional field of sanitary engineering led him to conduct research on drinking water protection, development, and treatment. While pursuing issues related to freshwater in the Arctic, he spent considerable time in rural villages and remote locations. Dr. White pioneered research on how climate change affects drinking water, water resources, and related infrastructure and his work has led to a better understanding of water resources for rural communities as well as the potential impacts of climate change on freshwater resources and infrastructure. Dr. White is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska.
In 2005, Dr. White accepted an appointment as Interim Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering (INE), the research unit of the College of Engineering and Mines. After a national search, he was hired as director of INE in July 2006. In 2010, he was appointed as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. With this appointment, he became head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. In late 2014, Dr. White was named interim Vice Chancellor for Research at UAF.
Dr. White earned a BA in Physics from Colorado College and a BS in Civil Engineering from Washington University. Then he received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1995.
Dr. White was hired to serve as the University of Alaska System Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research in March 2015.