May 24, 2007

Case names new associate dean for engineering

Crago will head up education and research initiatives

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Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick E. Crago as associate dean of the Case School of Engineering. Celebrating his 30th year as a member of the Case faculty, Crago has served as the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and chair of Case's nationally ranked Department of Biomedical Engineering since 1999. He is also bio-director of The Institute for Management and Engineering at Case.

The appointment, made by Dean Norman C. Tien, is effective July 1. In his new role, Crago will oversee the majority of the school's daily operations, including those related to education and research. This will allow Tien to focus more on strategic issues and raising the visibility of the school on the regional, national and international level.

In announcing the appointment to faculty and staff, Tien stressed the importance of the associate dean position and his confidence in Crago's ability to succeed in it.

"Having a single person in charge of the operational aspects of the school will provide a number of efficiencies and will allow us to provide a higher level of service to our students and faculty," Tien said. "Pat has distinguished himself as an outstanding administrator time and time again. I'm thrilled he was willing to take on this new challenge."

Crago received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Case. He did post-doctoral studies in neuromuscular physiology in the Department of Physiology at Johns Hopkins University before returning to Case in 1976.

Crago is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. His research interests are in restoration of movement by functional neuromuscular stimulation and in normal and pathological movement control and regulation. Current research projects include neuroprostheses for restoring upper extremity function in individuals paralyzed by spinal cord injury. He is a member of the Cleveland FES Center.

About the Case School of Engineering

A world-class engineering research institution with premier educational programs, the Case School of Engineering is committed to education beyond the classroom, research across disciplines and relationships around the world. Wherever they go, Case faculty, students and alumni consistently lead their fields and benefit society.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 24, 2007 10:14 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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