A native of Long Island, N.Y., Harvey Palmer spent his entire academic career at the University of Rochester before becoming dean of RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering in 2000.
After graduating with a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1971, he began as assistant professor of chemical engineering at UR. He was later promoted to associate professor of chemical engineering, professor of chemical engineering, associate dean for graduate studies of engineering and applied science, and chair of chemical engineering. He received the undergraduate teaching award twice.
Dr. Palmer has researched and consulted for Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester Gas and Electric Corp., Xerox Corp. and numerous other firms. His research interests include biochemical engineering, hydrodynamic stability and interfacial phenomena. He shares seven patents, most related to blood collection and processing for clinical diagnostic purposes. He sits on the board of Rochester-based Transmation Inc.
Palmer has served as president and vice president of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District Board of Education. In his free time, he enjoys camping, hiking and squash.