Dr. Robert G. Wilhelm became Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UNC Charlotte in 2011 after serving in a number of academic and leadership roles at UNC Charlotte.
Wilhelm joined UNC Charlotte in 1993 as a faculty member to work on the creation of Ph.D. programs and contributed to the formation of programs in biotechnology, information technology, mechanical engineering, nanoscale science, and physics and optical science. Since 2005 he has served as the Executive Director of the Charlotte Research Institute (CRI), UNC Charlotte’s portal for business-university science and technology partnerships.
Wilhelm is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science in the William States Lee College of Engineering. Earlier, Wilhelm worked at the Palo Alto Laboratory of Rockwell Science Center and at Cincinnati Milacron. He co-founded a high-technology manufacturing company, OpSource, Inc., in 2001.
Wilhelm holds a BSIE from Wichita State University, an MSIE from Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a Rotary Foundation Fellow, he studied the history of science and technology at the University of Leicester, Great Britain and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
Dr. Wilhelm serves on a number of regional, national, and international advisory boards for higher education, arts & culture, scientific research, engineering, community and economic development, and philanthropy. Wilhelm has lectured and worked in 38 states and over 18 countries.