About The Ford Lecture Series

Allen and Constance Ford established the Ford Visiting Professor Program at Case Western Reserve University to enhance and highlight the programming of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). The department is regularly ranked among the nation’s top biomedical engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report.

The Ford Visiting Professor Program at Case Western Reserve has enabled BME to bring to campus—to our students, faculty and university community—scientists and business leaders on the cutting edge of biomedical engineering and related sciences.

Allen Ford has been a member of Case Western Reserve University’s Board of Trustees since 1976, serving as vice chair from 1985 to 1987 and chair from 1987 to 1992. He earned an MS in engineering administration from Case Institute of Technology in 1964, and received the University Medal, Case Western Reserve’s highest honor, in 1994. His late wife, Constance Ford, received an MA degree from Western Reserve University in 1953.


previous speakers

Michael J. Coyle, November 13, 2014

Karl Deisseroth, October 13, 2013

David Van Essen, March 6, 2013

Chad Mirkin, September 27, 2012

Nicholas Valeriani, February 18, 2012

G. Allen Johnson, November 2, 2011

David Mooney, April 11, 2011

Muthiah Manoharan, October 25, 2010

Michael West, April 22, 2010

Bill Hawkins, October 22, 2009

Jeff Hawkins, March 31, 2009

Michael Merzenich, PhD, November 4, 2008

Rick Klausner, MD, November 1, 2007

Robert Langer, ScD, April 5, 2007

Thomas J. Meade, PhD, November 6, 2006

Caroline A. Kovac, PhD, Apr. 12, 2006

Dean Kamen, October 14, 2005

Dr. Martha Gray, March 15, 2005