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Office of the Provost

Allan T. Weatherwax, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Allan T. Weatherwax became provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Merrimack in January 2017. As the college’s chief academic officer, he is responsible for planning, implementing and managing Merrimack’s academic policies as well as for oversight of the college’s academic expense budget.

From July 2015 through 2016, Weatherwax was dean of the School of Science and Engineering and professor of physics at Merrimack. Prior to that, he was dean of the School of Science and professor of physics at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Weatherwax is an internationally recognized teaching-scholar who has spent two decades contributing to fundamental research in space plasma physics, geophysics and space weather. He has conducted research in the polar-regions since the 1990s, and has served as principal investigator on numerous NSF and NASA grants totaling nearly $10 million.

He serves as the co-director of the satellite mission Firefly that is exploring the mysteries of gamma rays produced by lightning discharges, and a related experiment called FireStation, which is currently aboard the International Space Station.

Weatherwax serves on numerous national and international committees, including the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of more than 100 engineering and science papers, many with undergraduate student co-authors.

The Weatherwax Glacier in Antarctica is named in his honor to recognize his research efforts on that continent. Weatherwax is a graduate of Binghamton University and holds a doctorate in physics from Dartmouth College.


Ph.D., Physics, Dartmouth College
B.A., Binghamton University


Austin Hall, Provost’s Suite