Ronald Hedden

Professor of Practice, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Prof. Hedden joined the faculty at RPI in January of 2017 after serving as an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX from 2009-2017.  Dr. Hedden's past research and teaching interests covered both Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science, with emphasis on soft materials and nanomaterials in engineering applications.

In his role as Professor of Practice at RPI, Prof. Hedden teaches both Chemical Engineering courses and Core Engineering courses.  His research interests recently turned to innovations in undergraduate education, especially the use of Virtual Reality in the classroom.  

Current Research

Dr. Hedden and his students recently began developing a Virtual Chemical Plant (VCP) simulation environment to provide students virtual access to chemical process equipment that is otherwise too dangerous, too expensive, or too large to bring into the classroom.  The VCP environment is expected enable innovations in teaching process safety, process dynamics and control, chemical reaction engineering, and plant design.

Education

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2000
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, 1995

Research Focus
  • polymer networks, gels, and elastomers;
  • pervaporation membranes
  • asphalt-polymer mixtures
  • virtual reality in chemical engineering education
Contact hedder@rpi.edu