Norwich University Office of Communications
February 1, 2016
Norwich University professor of engineering Gregory Wight, P.E., has been named Vermont’s 2016 Engineer of the Year by the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers.
A mechanical engineer, Prof. Wight is a recognized expert in air quality engineering. He has published numerous papers on the field and is the author of the widely-used textbook Fundamentals of Air Sampling. Educated at MIT and the University of Florida, he currently serves as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Engineering at Norwich, the university’s highest faculty honor.
Wight has previously served as an associate dean at Norwich and as the director of the university’s David Crawford School of Engineering.
Wight served four years in the Air Force following graduate school, starting as an Engineering Air Force Officer in the USAF Contract Management Division at the GE Jet Engine Facility in Evendale, Ohio. He later joined the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection six months after the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1971. Serving as a principal air quality engineer, he supervised a staff of six to inventory air pollutant emissions, model air quality, and design strategies to achieve the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Wight has served on the Norwich University faculty since 1978. During that time, he has developed and taught nearly 33 different courses to young engineering students, receiving numerous honors in recognition of his outstanding teaching.
He has also served as a visiting professor of civil/environmental engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
At Norwich, Wight has chaired three different engineering departments, served on numerous committees, and hired or helped hire the next generation of engineering faculty.
His many professional achievements include his participation in the Vermont Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project as researcher/writer, and heading the recent, successful year-long reaccreditation effort for NU’s David Crawford School of Engineering.
In a press release announcing the award, the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers spotlighted Wight’s significant contributions to the engineering profession, noting the “outstanding education to hundreds of future engineers” Wight has provided, as well as his active involvement in MathCounts, FIRST Lego League, and Engineers without Borders.
Wight is a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the Vermont Society of Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
He has also been active in many community organizations in Vermont, including town government, youth soccer, his local historical society, and the Central Vermont Runners Club.