Dr. Henrik Pedersen is currently Associate Dean in the School of Engineering at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Over his 35-year career with Rutgers, Dr. Pedersen has progressed through a variety of engineering, instructional and administrative roles.
His career at Rutgers started in 1978 following his Ph.D. at Yale University. In 1986, he became the Director of the Graduate Program for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and in 2002, Chair of the Department. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Dean in the School of Engineering. In his role as Associate Dean, Henrik helps to develop new international programs, to establish continuing professional development activities for engineers in industry, to integrate online courses into the curriculum of graduate engineering MS programs and to work closely with the School leadership to promote career development opportunities for students at all levels.
Professor Pedersen has published over 75 journal articles on technologies related to his research interests in plant biotechnology and in biophotonic sensors. His research emphasizes cell cultures of higher plants for production of valuable chemicals and for carrying out plant propagation through somatic embryogenesis. An overall goal is to biochemically and genetically understand such systems and rationally manipulate them for commercial benefit. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout the United States and several countries around the world. He has graduated over 30 PhD students that are now working throughout industry and academia. Dr. Pedersen has been a visiting member of the faculties at Princeton University, the University of the Philippines and at the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.
Henrik holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale. (He is an avid sailor and a Match Race Umpire for sailing events throughout the Northeast.)