Texas Tech University has selected Dr. Joseph Heppert as its next Vice President for Research.
Dr. Heppert joins Texas Tech University from the University of Kansas, where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Vice President for the University of Kansas Center for Research, a nonprofit corporation formed to administer the university’s externally sponsored research. With oversight for many of the university’s centers and institutes, all core research laboratories, research facilities and infrastructure, Dr. Heppert supported this prestigious AAU member institution known for its distinguished record of research collaboration promoted through independent, multidisciplinary research centers. During Heppert’s tenure, the University of Kansas achieved annual research expenditures of more than $240 million.
As a successful researcher, Heppert is a member and fellow of the American Chemical Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, Sigma Xi and the National Science Teachers Association. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, four book chapters and two book reviews. He has filed 10 invention disclosures and one patent application.
Heppert earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 1978, where he participated in heavy elements research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. He completed postdoctoral training at Indiana University and joined the faculty at Kansas in 1985.