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Benjamin McCall
Professor of Sustainability
Inaugural Executive Director
Hanley Sustainability Institute
Fitz Hall 585
University of Dayton
Dayton OH 45469

Committee term end date: December 31, 2023

Dr. Ben McCall is a Professor of Sustainability and the inaugural Executive Director of the Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton.  In this role, he works to advance sustainability research and education, in    addition to campus sustainability efforts and community   engagement.  At HSI, he has built a community of Sustainability Scholars consisting of over 100 faculty and other researchers in more than 30 different departments across campus and has supported the launch of two interdisciplinary majors in sustainability.  His recent scholarly activity includes a techno-economic analysis of a conversion of the UD campus to 100% renewable energy, as well as the launch of the transdisciplinary Planetary Limits Academic Network.  Prior to joining the University of Dayton, he was a Professor of Chemistry, Astronomy, and Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His previous work in the interdisciplinary area of astrochemistry has yielded nearly a hundred research papers, early career awards such as NSF CAREER/PECASE and a Packard Fellowship, and fellowships from the American Physical Society and from Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America).  He holds a PhD in Chemistry and Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Chicago, an MS in Chemistry from Chicago, and a BS in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.