Lenharth, BillDr. William H. Lenharth is presently the Director of Research Computing at UNH. Dr. Lenharth received his Ph.D. in Engineering Systems Design in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire. He received his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1974, and earned his B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from St. Louis University in 1969.
The Research Computing Center began as a private company with Dr. Lenharth as a principle partner, holding the position of Vice President of Operations. The entrepreneurial venture sought to provide researchers at UNH with powerful and sophisticated computing resources. Within a short time the services provided by Dr. Lenharth's company proved indispensable, and UNH internalized the company through the creation of a new department: The Research Computing Center. Appointed as Director, Dr. Lenharth utilized its position within the University to broaden the scope of services offered to users, and the mix and number of users participating. Currently, not only researchers, but students, faculty, and private companies take an active roll in the every day operations of the Center. As a result, the center has grown into an important component of the University, supporting industrial research exceeding a half-billion dollars per year. The Research Computing Center enjoys both local recognition for the expertise of graduating students as well as national recognition for its contribution to InterOperability testing and networking technology which earns more than two million dollars per year and employs over 90 people.