Dr. Brian Raichle will act as interim chair of the Appalachian State University Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment beginning July 2016. Raichle, who is currently assistant chair and professor in the department, will replace Chad Everhart. We wish Professor Everhart, who has decided to pursue a new career path, all the best.
Raichle earned his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and his B.S. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, both in physics. Before coming to Appalachian in 2000, he held positions as visiting assistant professor of physics at Western Carolina University and as assistant professor of physics at Morehead State University.
“I’m looking forward to serving my peers and learning more about how the university functions,” said Raichle. “My goal is to advocate for the department and share our significant accomplishments and tremendous potential with the campus community and beyond.”
Raichle is both a teacher and researcher focusing primarily on renewable energy initiatives. In addition to securing numerous grants for the department, he also received the 2013 Fine and Applied Arts Outstanding Teaching Award.
“Brian is an excellent choice to lead the department over the next year,” remarked Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “He has a wonderful working relationship with the faculty in his current role as assistant chair, and is dedicated to serving the department, college and university.”
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at Appalachian State University
The Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at Appalachian State University features an integrated array of programs spanning the fields of sustainable design and technology. Its mission is to foster a strong and vibrant culture of inquiry, discovery and innovation that integrates theory with application, problem seeking with problem solving, local issues with global perspectives and technological progress with environmental stewardship.
The department offers bachelor’s degrees in sustainable technology and building science, and a master’s degree in technology. It is one of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. To learn more, visit tec.appstate.edu.