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Rudolph G. Buchheit became the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering July 1, 2018.

Prior to coming to UK, Dr. Buchheit was the associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, an academic unit comprising more than 350 faculty members, 400 staff members, 8,500 undergraduate students and 2,200 graduate students. During his tenure, Dean Buchheit supervised the recruitment of a three-year faculty cohort that was 45 percent women and diverse men, and he oversaw an operating budget of $240 million, including $130 million in research expenditures. Dean Buchheit is passionate about student and faculty success and looks forward to building upon the College of Engineering’s considerable momentum.

Dean Buchheit earned his bachelor's degree in engineering science at Loyola University-Maryland. He also has a master's degree and doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Virginia. Dean Buchheit served as department chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State from October 2006-August 2014.

Before joining Ohio State, Dean Buchheit was a senior member of the technical staff in the Materials and Process Sciences Directorate at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

Dean Buchheit's research is in the area of corrosion science and engineering with emphasis on the chemistry and electrochemistry of corrosion, corrosion modeling and corrosion prediction; mostly related to aluminum alloys and products. He has also worked in the area of surface engineering, including surface modification and corrosion resistant coatings.

Dean Buchheit is a fellow of NACE International. He is also a fellow of the Electrochemical Society. He has served on the editorial board for Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology. He has served as an ABET program evaluator for materials-oriented programs and is a past chair of the University Materials Council.

Buchheit is the recipient of the H.H. Uhlig Educator’s Award from NACE and the Morris Cohen Award from the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society. He is also the recipient of the Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at Ohio State and is a two-time recipient of the Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for outstanding teaching.




Feng, Z.; Hurley, B.; Li, J.; Buchheit, R., 2018, "Corrosion inhibition study of aqueous vanadate on Mg alloy AZ31." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 165, no. 2, C94-C102 -C94-C102.

Klomjit, P.; Buchheit, R.G., 2018, "Characterization of inhibitor storage and release from commercial primers." Progress in Organic Coatings 114, 68-77 - 68-77.


Li, J.; Buchheit, R., 2017, "Development of zinc ferrocyanide ion exchange compounds for corrosion-inhibiting and sensing pigments." Progress in Organic Coatings 104, 210-216 -210-216.

Guo, X.; Hurley, B.; Yang, F.; Buchheit, R., 2017, "A Novel Organic Conversion Coating based on N-Benzoyl-N-Phenylhydroxylamine Chemistry for the Corrosion Protection of AA2024-T3." Electrochimica Acta 246, 197-207 - 197-207.


Hughes, A.E.; Mol, J.M.C.; Zheludkevich, M.L.; Buchheit, R.G., 2016, "Introduction."Springer Series in Materials Science 233, 1-17 - 1-17.


Li, J.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G., 2015, "Electrochemical assessment of interfacial characteristics of intermetallic phases present in aluminium alloy 2024-T3." Corrosion Science 101, 155-164 - 155-164.


Cavanaugh, M.K.; Li, J-C.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G., 2014, "Electrochemical Characterization of Intermetallic Phases Common to Aluminum Alloys as a Function of Solution Temperature." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 161, no. 12,C535-C543 - C535-C543.

Cavanaugh, M.K.; Li, J.C.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G., 2014, "Electrochemical characterization of intermetallic phases common to aluminum alloys as a function of solution temperature." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 161, no. 12, C535-C543 -C535-C543.


Alyamac, E.; Gu, H.; Soucek, M.D.; Qiu, S. et al., 2012, "Alkoxysilane oligomer modified epoxide primers." Progress in Organic Coatings 74, no. 1, 67-81 - 67-81.


Paglia, C.S.; Buchheit, R.G., 2007, "The influence of a propane gas torch flame post-weld heat treatment on the mechanical and corrosion properties of a 2219-T87 friction stir weld." Welding and Cutting 6, no. 2, 96-102 - 96-102.
Kim, Y.; Buchheit, R.G., 2007, "A characterization of the inhibiting effect of Cu on metastable pitting in dilute Al-Cu solid solution alloys." Electrochimica Acta 52, no. 7,2437-2446 - 2437-2446.


Paglia, C.S.; Jata, K.V.; Buchheit, R.G., 2006, "A cast 7050 friction stir weld with scandium: microstructure, corrosion and environmental assisted cracking." Materials Science and Engineering A 424, no. 1-2, 196-204 - 196-204.


Shell, E.B.; Buchheit, R.G.; Zoofan, B., 2005, "Correlation of residual fatigue life with quantified NDE measurements." International Journal of Fatigue 27, no. 2, 105-112 - 105-112.


Guan, H.; Buchheit, R.G., 2004, "Corrosion protection of aluminum alloy 2024-T3 by vanadate conversion coatings." Corrosion 60, no. 3, 284-296 - 284-296.

Buchheit, R.C.; Cuan, H., 2004, "Formation and characteristics of Al-Zn hydrotalcite coatings on galvanized steel." Journal of Coatings Technology Research 1, no. 4, 277-290- 277-290.


Kendig, M.W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2003, "Corrosion inhibition of aluminum and aluminum alloys by soluble chromates, chromate coatings, and chromate-free coatings." Corrosion59, no. 5, 379-400 - 379-400.

Laget, V.; Jeffcoate, C.S.; Isaacs, H.S.; Buchheit, R.G., 2003, "Dehydration-Induced Loss of Corrosion Protection Properties in Chromate Conversion Coatings on Aluminum Alloy 2024-T3." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 150, no. 9,

Zhang, W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2003, "Effect of ambient aging on inhibition of oxygen reduction by chromate conversion coatings." Corrosion 59, no. 4, 356-362 - 356-362.


Leggat, R.B.; Taylor, S.R.; Zhang, W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2002, "Corrosion performance of field-applied chromate conversion coatings." Corrosion 58, no. 3, 283-291 - 283-291.

Zhang, W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2002, "Hydrotalcite coating formation on Al-Cu-Mg alloys from oxidizing bath chemistries." Corrosion 58, no. 7, 591-600 - 591-600.


Kertz, J.E.; Gouma, P.I.; Buchheit, R.G., 2001, "Localized corrosion susceptibility of Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zn alloy AF/C458 due to interrupted quenching from solutionizing temperatures."Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science 32, no. 10, 2561-2573 - 2561-2573.

Searles, J.L.; Gouma, P.I.; Buchheit, R.G., 2001, "Stress corrosion cracking of sensitized AA5083 (Al-4.5Mg-1.0Mn)." Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science 32, no. 11, 2859-2867 - 2859-2867.


Buchheit, R.G., 2000, "Electrochemistry of θ (Al2Cu), S (Al2CuMg) and T1 (Al2CuLi) and localized corrosion and environment assisted cracking in high strength Al alloys."Materials Science Forum 331.

Buchheit, R.G.; Martinez, M.A.; Montes, L.P., 2000, "Evidence for Cu ion formation by dissolution and dealloying the Al2CuMg intermetallic compound in rotating ring-disk collection experiments." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 147, no. 1, 119-124 - 119-124.


Buchheit, R.G.; Montes, L.P.; Martinez, M.A.; Michael, J. et al., 1999, "The Electrochemical Characteristics of Bulk-Synthesized Al2CuMg." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 146, no. 12, 4424-4428 - 4424-4428.


Buchheit, R.G.; Cunningham, M.; Jensen, H.; Kendig, M.W. et al., 1998, "A Correlation between Salt Spray and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Test Results for Conversion-Coated Aluminum Alloys." Corrosion 54, no. 1, 61-69 - 61-69.

Renk, T.J.; Buchheit, R.G.; Sorensen, N.R.; Cowell Senft, D. et al., 1998, "Improvement of surface properties by modification and alloying with high-power ion beams." Physics of Plasmas 5, no. 5 PART 1, 2144-2150 - 2144-2150.

Proskurovsky, D.I.; Rotshtein, V.P.; Ozur, G.E.; Markov, A.B. et al., 1998, "Pulsed electron-beam technology for surface modification of metallic materials." Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films 16, no. 4, 2480-2488 - 2480-2488.

Buchheit, R.G., 1998, "Copper removal during formation of corrosion resistant alkaline oxide coatings on Al-Cu-Mg alloys." Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 28, no. 5, 503-510 - 503-510.

Mansfeld, F.; Buchheit, R.G.; Cunningham, M.; Jensen, H. et al., 1998, "Discussion: A Correlation between Salt Spray and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Test Results for Conversion-Coated Aluminum Alloys." Corrosion (Houston) 54, no. 8, 595-597- 595-597.


Buchheit, R.G.; Grant, R.P.; Hlava, P.F.; Mckenzie, B. et al., 1997, "Local dissolution phenomena associated with S phase (Al 2CuMg) particles in aluminum alloy 2024-T3."Journal of the Electrochemical Society 144, no. 8, 2621-2628 - 2621-2628.


Drewien, C.A.; Eatough, M.O.; Tallant, D.R.; Hills, C.R. et al., 1996, "Lithium-aluminum-carbonate-hydroxide hydrate coatings on aluminum alloys: Composition, structure, and processing bath chemistry." Journal of Materials Research 11, no. 6, 1507-1513 - 1507-1513.


Buchheit, R.G.; Wall, F.D.; Stoner, G.E.; Moran, J.P., 1995, "Anodic dissolution-based mechanism for the rapid cracking, preexposure phenomenon demonstrated by aluminum-lithium-copper alloys." Corrosion 51, no. 6, 417-428 - 417-428.

Buchheit, R.G.; Zavadil, K.R., 1995, "The Electrochemical Behavior of the AI3Ta Intermetallic Compound and Pitting in Two-Phase Al-Ta Alloys." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 142, no. 1, 51-58 - 51-58.


Buchheit, R.G.; Moran, J.P.; Stoner, G.E., 1994, "Electrochemical behavior of the T1(Al2CuLi) intermetallic compound and its role in localized corrosion of Al-2% Li-3% Cu alloys."Corrosion 50, no. 2, 120-130 - 120-130.

Matsushita, Y.; Tamura, M.; Noda, I.; Drewien, C.A. et al., 1994, "Vinylpyridine triblock copolymer Copper enrichment on Al 2024 surface after de-oxidizing treatment."Macromolecules 27, no. 13, 3680-3682 - 3680-3682.

Buchheit, R.G.; Bode, M.D.; Stoner, G.E., 1994, "Corrosion-resistant, chromate-free talc coatings for aluminum." Corrosion 50, no. 3, 205-214 - 205-214.


Scully, J.R.; Knight, T.O.; Buchheit, R.G.; Peebles, D.E., 1993, "Electrochemical characteristics of the Al2Cu, Al3Ta and Al3Zr intermetallic phases and their relevancy to the localized corrosion of Al alloys." Corrosion Science 35, no. 1-4, 185-195 - 185-195.


Buchheit, R.G.; Moran, J.P.; Stoner, G.E., 1990, "Localized corrosion behavior of alloy 2090. The role of microstructural heterogeneity." Corrosion 46, no. 8, 610-617 - 610-617.

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