On January 1, 2012, I had the honor of becoming the 13th leader of the Case School of Engineering. For more than 130 years, the Case School of Engineering has attracted innovators and led with an entrepreneurial spirit. We have created and/or led fields of science and engineering like biomedical engineering, computer science, metallurgy and ceramics, space flight systems, electrochemistry, polymer science, and civil engineering.
We have created innovation and industry – Dow Chemical Company (Herbert Henry Down BS 1888), Parker Hannifin (Arthur Parker, BS ‘07), NASA (T.Keith Glennan, 1957), craigslist (Craig Newmark, BS ’75, MS ‘77) to name but a few. Case engineering graduates have brought technologies to the world. The pager, the first full body CT scan, gmail and the nike airsole are but a few of the long list of our innovations.
The entrepreneurial zeal which drives our programs has led the school to develop a strategic plan to address some of the world’s most pressing problems. We have created the Great Lakes Energy Institute, an Institute for Advanced Materials and will soon be launching our Institute for Technology in Health. Our robust research enterprise continues to include distinctive and acclaimed programs in advanced materials including renewable/clean energy, biomedical engineering, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and engineering and computational fundamentals.
Our research benefits greatly from partnerships with premiere institutions in our own backyard, including the NASA Glenn Research Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Clinic among others. Our corporate partners include Parker-Hannifin, Eaton, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Sherwin-Williams, Google, Kyocera, FirstEnergy, Lubrizol, and General Electric among many others.
These research programs help us create modern, innovative, dynamic and relevant educational programs. ALL engineering instruction is done by our world class faculty, not graduate students or research assistants. In 2012, we launched our freshmen engineering design courses which will be greatly expanded in the fall semester as our overall undergraduate curriculum expands to include more hands-on experiences to complement the theoretical and practical underpinnings of engineering. We are creating completely new facilities, like Think[box], a design and fabrication facility with opportunities for students to try new ideas, concepts and to “tinker.” We will continue our top-notch classroom instruction that is now coupled with unparalleled experiential learning opportunities for all our students. Even our Master of Engineering and Management (MEM) program provides a unique mix of classroom and industry-based experiences. We will continue our traditions of depth and rigor that we are known for yet also ensure that the learning environment is stimulating. Nearly half of all undergraduate students participate in our award-winning co-op program and many more undergraduate and graduate students alike are active partners on faculty research projects.
I am proud to now welcome you into the rich history and bright future of the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering, one of our nation’s most prestigious and respected schools of engineering. The faculty, staff and students look forward to the opportunity to show you, either via the web or a tour of our campus, our outstanding educational and research programs. At CWRU, we don’t just talk about how our research defines tomorrow’s future and the cutting edge of technology, WE LEAD BY DOING. And, that’s where we teach- at the cutting edge. I believe you will find our institution to be truly unique. We celebrate our history and have positioned ourselves for an even brighter future.
I look forward to showing you why we’re so proud of our history and excited about our future. Please visit us soon and see for yourself.
Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D.
Dean, Case School of Engineering
Leonard Case Professor of Engineering
Director, Case Center for Imaging Research