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Charles Roger Westgate


Charles R. Westgate holds a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and master’s and PhD degrees from Princeton University, all in electrical engineering. He joined Binghamton University as Watson School dean in 2001, after a distinguished career at Johns Hopkins University where he held joint appointments as professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of Mechanical Engineering, was the William B. Kouwenhoven Professor of Electrical Engineering and held several administrative posts. He is now professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins.

His accomplishments are many. With research interests in microwaves and high speed devices and circuits, solid state electronics, electronic properties of semiconductors, solar cells and solar systems, he has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

During his tenure as dean, the Watson School grew in enrollment, number of faculty and staff, sponsored research and scholarship, even as he continued to publish and teach. As dean, he was integral to an agreement with SUNY IT to help establish an engineering program there and still teaches an online electromagnetics program for them.


  • BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • MS, Princeton University
  • PhD, Princeton University


  • 2011 Engineer of the Year - Broome chapter of New York State Society of Professional Engineers