James Sweeney is an Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University. Sweeney is also a bioengineering professor and special assistant to the dean of engineering with a focus on strategic initiatives at Oregon State University (OSU). At OSU, he is also the James and Shirley Kuse Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering, and from December of 2014 to July of 2018 served as head of the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. Prior to coming to OSU in 2014, he was chair of the Department of Bioengineering & Software Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He also served as interim dean of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at FGCU in 2012. Before joining FGCU in August of 2006, he was a tenured associate professor, associate chair, and director of the Flinn Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University, where he holds Emeritus Faculty status.