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Chuck Wight serves as President of Weber State University.
Chuck's research is focused on determining the rates and mechanisms of decomposition and combustion reactions of high explosives and propellants. His research group develops computational models of propellant combustion and detonation for use in high-performance computer simulations in collaboration with other scientists at the Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions (C-SAFE). The simulation engine for C-SAFE is called Uintah. Chuck served as Deputy Director of C-SAFE from 2002-2010.
Open Education Resources
As an educator, Chuck has developed web-based Open Education Resource (OER) tools for teaching and learning college-level chemistry for more than 15 years. He is the founder and software architect of ChemVantage.org, which provides free resources for learning topics in General Chemistry. Chuck created a series of video tutorials for General Chemistry topics that have been widely viewed on YouTube and iTunesU. He also served as the project director for the Technology-Intensive Concurrent Enrollment (TICE) project for the Utah System of Higher Education in 2011-12.
Closing the Academic Gap in Math Education
Chuck is a founding partner, with Oren Livne and Nava Livne, of RUReady.net, an online math education tool designed to assist students to prepare themselves to take college-level math courses. The project was recently spun off into a commercial venture by the University of Utah Technology Commercialization Office.
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