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Brian D. Woerner

Brian D Woerner




B.S., Computer & Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1986

M.S., Electrical Engineering Systems, University of Michigan, 1987

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering Systems, University of Michigan, 1991

Master of Public Policy, University of Michigan, 1992

Brian Woerner is a native of Indiana.   He received degrees from Purdue University (B.S. Computer & Electrical Engineering, 1986) and the University of Michigan (M.S. Electrical Engineering Systems, 1987; Ph.D. Electrical Engineering Systems, 1991; Master of Public Policy, 1992).

From 1991 through 2004, Dr. Woerner was on the faculty of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he taught and conducted research in the field of wireless communications, making contributions to the development of error correction coding, interference cancellation, adaptive antennas and geolocation for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) systems. 

In 2004, Dr. Woerner became the Department Chair of the Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, and the first recipient of Lane Professorship.   He served in that role for 15 years.  Under his leadership, the department expanded its doctoral programs, received ABET accreditation for its B.S. Computer Science degree, received national recognition for its online M.S. Software Engineering degree program, and relocated its offices to the new Advanced Engineering Research building.   He is proudest of the accomplishments of the students, staff, and faculty with whom he has had the opportunity to work in the Lane Department.

Dr. Woerner remains a Professor in the Lane Department, where he teaches and conducts research in the fields of communications, networking, cybersecurity, and autonomous vehicles.   He has been married to beloved wife Cathy since 1988, and together they have two children:  Stephen and Teresa.