Ralph E. White’s scientific career has revolved around the areas of fuel cells, batteries, electrodeposition, corrosion, and propelling numerous students into the sciences. White started his career working with such notable figures as John Newman at the University of California at Berkeley, which eventually led him on a path to his current position as the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Distinguished Scientist at the University of South Carolina.
White’s career at the University of South Carolina began in 1993, where he joined the staff as the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, then as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. In 1995, he founded the university’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering.
White is a former Treasurer (1990-1994) and current Fellow of ECS. He has also received the title of Fellow from the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and AAAS, and has won many international awards, inducing the Olin Palladium Award (2013) from ECS and the AESF Scientific Achievement Award (2000).