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Dr. W. Arthur Porter has been a Professor Emeritus of engineering at the University of Oklahoma since 2007; before his retirement, he was a University Professor and Regents Chair of Engineering. He recently served as Associate Dean, College of Natural Science, at the University of Texas (UT), Research Professor, Acting Director and Department Chair of the UT Marine Science Institute from 2011 to 2012. From 1998 to 2006, he served as University of Oklahoma Vice President for Technology Development, and also served as Dean of the College of Engineering from 1998 to 2005.
Prior to those appointments, Dr. Porter was Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Advanced Research Center, a nonprofit research consortium, from 1985 to 1998. He was an Adjunct Professor of electrical engineering at Rice University for more than five years, and served in a range of educational and directorial capacities at universities in the U.S. and worldwide. Dr. Porter served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Southwest Nanotechnology from 2003 to 2008, and has been a member of numerous technology and banking boards. He holds a Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science in Physics from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University.