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Viessmann Endowed Chair of Sustainable Technology-020a.1314

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College of Letters and Science


The Viessmann Endowed Chair in Sustainable Technology will play a visionary role in bringing the topic of renewable energy technologies to an international level. While developing and participating in academic, research and outreach programs at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh the individual who holds this chair will maintain a strong relationship with The Viessmann Group and academic institutions in Germany. This position will provide an opportunity for international collaboration and innovation with regard to sustainable technologies and renewable energies.

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The Viessmann Group of Allendorf, Germany, is an internationally renowned, $2.5 billion energy-systems titan whose advancements in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy led to German Sustainability Awards in 2009 and 2011 and the Energy Efficiency Award in 2010. President and CEO Dr. Martin Viessmann has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1st Class, the highest tribute his government pays individuals for their service to the nation. The company’s “Viessmann Academy” has trained and educated more than 90,000 industry specialists including contractors, planners, architects, property developers and Viessmann employees on regenerative heating technologies.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has embraced the tenets of sustainability, integrating the concepts into curriculum, operations, research and outreach, and has achieved national recognition as one of the leading universities in the country for sustainability. The first campus in the United States declared as a fair trade university, UW Oshkosh also employs green purchasing (recycled, eco-friendly products), renewable energy, green building construction, waste reduction, energy conservation, and recycling practices, as well as fresh water and storm water initiatives.

The Viessmann Group’s dedication to renewable energy and training within the industry has helped dramatically advance Germany’s goal of carbon neutrality. The company and its Wisconsin-based subsidiary, BioFerm Energy Systems of Madison, have worked just as diligently with educational partners such as UW Oshkosh, sharing expertise and state-of-the-art technology to develop environmentally sound biogas energy facilities that can significantly accelerate UW Oshkosh on its own carbon neutrality timeline—a goal currently targeted for 2025 in its Climate Action Plan. These innovative energy facilities include the University’s dry fermentation anaerobic Biodigester — the first in the western hemisphere — which composts food refuse, agricultural plant waste and grass clippings, harvesting the resultant methane for electricity and heat production. Students and faculty collaborate in the operation of the plant and its learning laboratory, and study how best to maximize its methane production at UW Oshkosh’s Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC). A proposed biogas facility at the 9,000-cow Rosendale Dairy, as well as a smaller “Titan 55” unit planned at the 150-head, family owned Allen Farm, extend the partnership off campus.

Continued education and workforce training is deeply embedded in the Viessmann Group culture. The company recognizes that a thriving biogas industry requires institutions like UW Oshkosh to educate its future workforce. This endowed chair position will promote environmental engineering, particularly in employing the principles of sustainable and efficient building design.Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the natural environment; to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms; and to remediate polluted sites.Sustainable building refers to using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. The practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability and comfort. Sustainable buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation


The Viessmann Chair in Sustainable Technology will lead a three-way integration among the current academic programs of the College of Letters and Science, the Renewable Energy Institute (REI) and the new UW Oshkosh engineering technology and renewable energy endeavors, as well as maintain and forge new international projects including symposiums,exchange programs, collaborative research and curriculum development.The person in this position will work toward the incorporation of theory, design, practice and technology into integrated, sustainable solutions. With respect to the newly developed Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering Technology at UW Oshkosh, the focus will be to bridge the traditional contradiction between technical building equipment and creative energy related solutions. This holistic approach could create “new” ideas that satisfy the requirements of resource conservation in terms of sustainability and fulfill the practical and aesthetic requirements of traditional architecture.


  • Teach three courses per year in the Environmental Engineering Technology program or related programs
  • Create opportunities for UW Oshkosh to work with local and global partners on engineering technology and renewable energy development and design
  • Lead a vigorous and externally funded research program
  • Serve as liaison to The Viessmann Group and German academic partners


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in engineering or a related natural or physical science. Demonstrated research experience in engineering, sustainability, renewable energy or other closely related fields of study is required. Preference will be given to candidates able to support the liberal education mission and collaborative efforts of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as well as the Environmental Engineering Technology program. The successful candidate must have outstanding communication, leadership and organizational skills and the ability to extend the boundaries of the campus into community relationships that enhance engineering technology and renewable energy initiatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. A proven track record of establishing experientially based outreach programs with successful outcomes assessment is strongly preferred. Evidence of success in matching students with opportunities for skills development, tracking and assessment of student and partnership outcomes, and grant writing is desirable.


Proven track record of establishing experientially based outreach programs with successful outcomes assessment. Demonstrated ability to develop community relationships that enhance engineering technology and renewable energy initiatives, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Starting Date

07/01/2014 or sooner



Terms of Appointment

Tenured, 9-month faculty appointment with additional summer compensation.

Application Deadline

Review of materials (c.v. and letter of interest) will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

How to Apply

UW Oshkosh has retained Archer~Martin Associates as its executive search counsel to review the application materials (CV and letter of interest). For further information, please contact Nancy Martin, Dr. Lorna Edmundson, or Andrea Jupina, in confidence, at or 508-325-6161.




The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer.

Employment will require a criminal background check. UW Oshkosh complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.

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