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William L Weaver

William L Weaver

Dr. Weaver received his B.S. Degree with Majors in Chemistry and Physics from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. Degree in Analytical Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He is currently an Associate Professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

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William L. Weaver was born and raised in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He apprenticed in this father's print shop since the age of four where he developed a love of machines, systems and automation. After graduating high school in the Orwellian Class of 1984, he attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Chemistry and Physics. He attended The Ohio State University Graduate School earning the Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1992 under the direction of Professor Terry L. Gustafson with specializations in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, instrument development, system automation and algorithmic data analysis.

After a post-doctoral appointment in the College of Medicine and Public Health of The Ohio State University he became an on-site defense contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in what is now the Combustion and Laser Diagnostics Research Complex of the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate. Dr. Weaver contributed to the development of techniques including Thin-Filament Pyrometry (TFP), Thin-Filament Velocimetry (TFV), Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Ultrafast Pump/Probe Spectroscopy, Picosecond Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy (PITLIF), Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP), Strain-Sensitive Skin (S3), and Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring in Fuel (USPTO 5,919,710). He also consulted for various propulsion and airframe manufacturers including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, NASA Glenn, NASA Ames, The Ford Motor Company, Visteon Corporation and the University of Florida.

In 1999, he left the defense industry and joined the faculty at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor to collaborate on the development of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science, Business and Technology. This interdisciplinary major introduces undergraduates to the process of innovation by the study of fundamental scientific discoveries that are leveraged into new technological goods and services through the application of business and project management. Dr. Weaver develops and teaches courses in Systems Analysis, Physics, Instrumentation and Measurement, Materials, Laboratory Informatics, Collaborative Software Development, Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Discovery. His personal research interests center around automation, algorithmic intelligence, and robotics.

In 2000, Dr. Weaver became a contributing editor of Scientific Computing, a trade magazine published by Advantage Business Media. He wrote a monthly editorial column and occasional feature article on the broad topic of Data Acquisition and Data Analysis trough mid-2009. In 2007, Dr. Weaver was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and was granted tenure within the Faculty at La Salle. to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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