James McGuffin-Cawley appointed associate dean of research

James McGuffin-Cawley, the Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering, has been named associate dean of research for the Case School of Engineering.
McGuffin-Cawley has been a member of the engineering faculty since 1991, and for the last nine years, he has served as the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he led the efforts to redesign the department’s curriculum—creating a more modern, vibrant program more closely connected with the school’s research initiatives.

He received his BS from Alfred University in 1978 and his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. After two years at what is now NASA Glenn Research Center, he began his academic career at in the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, where he spent six years, returning to his alma mater in 1991.
McGuffin-Cawley's own research expertise includes work on mass transport and corrosion of ceramics, especially in aerospace applications. Recently, he has focused on advanced manufacturing and prototyping, leading the Case Western Reserve’s involvement with America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute), ALMMII (the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute) and LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow).
“Jim is a passionate engineer, an accomplished researcher and a dedicated department chair,” says Jeffrey L. Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering. “He has built an outstanding research portfolio and fostered close ties with industry partners through his work, and his unique ability to create meaningful connections between faculty, students, industry and funding bodies make him a perfect candidate to helm the school’s research initiatives.”