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College of Liberal Arts
James Winebrake currently serves as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. He works with the administration, as well as the college’s faculty, staff, and students to advance education and scholarship in the areas of social sciences, humanities, and performing arts, while also promoting interdisciplinary initiatives across RIT’s nine colleges.
Winebrake previously served as chair of RIT’s Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy and has earned international recognition for his research on issues related to the environmental impacts of transportation, including health risk assessments of ocean-going vessels, total fuel-cycle analysis of alternative fuels, and cost-effectiveness of emissions reduction technologies and policies for trains, trucks, and ships. He serves or has served on several National Academies of Science research committees, the New York State Energy Planning Board, and other professional boards related to energy and environmental policy and planning.
Dr. Winebrake received his Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a B.S. in Physics from Lafayette College and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2010, Dr. Winebrake was awarded the RIT Trustees Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the energy and environmental fields. He has also received numerous other research and teaching awards during his career, including the Madison Scholar Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award while serving as a faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia.