Marc Buchner appointed associate dean of academics

Marc BuchnerMarc Buchner, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the new associate dean of academics at the Case School of Engineering.
Buchner has been a member of the Case School of Engineering faculty since 1976. One of the school’s most respected academic leaders, he has overseen a number of school-wide initiatives, including leading the Case School of Engineering’s most recent ABET-accreditation efforts, introducing more leadership courses into the curriculum, helping manage a re-design of the engineering core classes and creating the university’s Virtual Worlds Gaming and Simulation Lab, for which he serves as director.

“Marc has a gift for identifying cutting-edge educational opportunities, like the virtual worlds lab, and bringing them to life,” says Jeffrey L. Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering. “He is also adept at creating unique partnerships—with other engineering disciplines, other fields of study and with other institutions like the Cleveland Institute of Art. His talent for cultivating these creative collaborations makes him an ideal choice to lead the school’s academic initiatives.”
Buchner is also an accomplished researcher and is personally involved in some of the university’s most innovative and collaborative projects. He is part of the team working with Microsoft to bring the company’s HoloLens augmented reality technology into classrooms as a teaching tool. He’s also working closely with researchers in the university’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to create avatar-based technology to help families prepare for end-of-life decisions.