Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Robert G. (Bob) Wilhelm is Vice Chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He advances research by establishing and enabling research directions, cultivating partnerships, strengthening national and international relationships, and articulating a vision for partnership-based research and economic development. He has served in university executive roles since 2005 and as a faculty member since 1993. At Nebraska, he is also the Kate Foster Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Previously he was a professor and Vice Chancellor at UNC Charlotte.
He has been instrumental in advancing the quality, diversity, and growth of research by strongly connecting to academic programs and engaging regional and national partners. This advancement includes new and sustaining interdisciplinary research centers, focus areas for large scale research and academic programs, new research initiatives across the campus, and new programs to support the broader research culture.
Wilhelm leads economic development efforts to start up, grow, and recruit companies for business growth. On campus, his organization supports startup companies, established companies with R&D presence, and numerous partnerships with companies and agencies. These efforts help attract the most talented faculty, support long term impact on the economic region, and contribute to distinctive academic programs for students.