William L. Weaver, Ph.D.
Ranger. Scouting the Adjacent Possible.
About I What path did I take to get here?
I was born and raised in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I apprenticed in my father's print shop since
the age of four where I developed a love of machines, systems, and automation. After graduating from
high school in the Orwellian Class of 1984, I attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where I earned
the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Chemistry and Physics. I 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 postdoctoral appointment in the College of Medicine and Public Health of The Ohio State University I 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.
I 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). I also consulted for various
propulsion and air-frame 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, I left the defense industry and joined the faculty of 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 through the study of fundamental scientific discoveries that are leveraged into
new technological goods and services through the application of business and project management.
I develop and teach courses in Systems Analysis, Physics, Instrumentation and Measurement, Materials,
Laboratory Informatics, Collaborative Software Development, Intelligent Systems, and Knowledge Discovery.
My personal research interests center around automation, algorithmic intelligence, and robotics.
In 2000, I became a contributing editor of Scientific Computing, a trade magazine published by Advantage Business Media.
I wrote a monthly editorial column and occasional feature article on the broad topic of Data Acquisition and
Data Analysis through mid-2009.
In 2007, I was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and was granted tenure within the Faculty at La Salle.
In 2012, I was awarded The Frank P. Palopoli Endowed Professorship, a three-year award that supports activities that enhance
the professional development of selected science faculty members especially in regards
to the connection between their teaching and scholarly/research interests.