Brian C. Wilhite, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics; Associate Professor, Physics
Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Dr. Wilhite’s research centers on understanding the physics of quasars, young galaxies with active super-massive black holes in their cores, by monitoring their ultraviolet and optical variations through time. This work has primarily relied on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the largest astronomical data set in history, and has led to Dr. Wilhite being an author of 20 refereed publications. He is also passionate about bringing science to students from under-represented groups, having developed and taught outreach programs as a graduate student at The University of Chicago—where he was a McCormick Fellow and received the MacMinn Award for Service Outside the Walls of the University—and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois.