Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare M. Rimnac as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The appointment, made by Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, is effective July 1, 2007.
Rimnac holds the Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering Chair as well as secondary appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics. She also serves as the director of Case's Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Materials Laboratories.
"Clare has a strong track record as a teacher, researcher and administrator," said Case School of Engineering Dean Norman C. Tien. "She is highly respected among her colleagues here at Case and by her biomechanics peers around the world. I am extremely confident she will provide great leadership for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as it continues to grow and move forward."
Rimnac received her Ph.D. in metallurgy and materials engineering from Lehigh University in 1983. She came to Case in 1996 from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. She was awarded tenure in 2001 and promoted to full professor in 2005. Her current research activities are in the area of the mechanical properties of polymeric biomaterials, the mechanical properties of bone tissue, implant retrieval analysis, and 3D scaffolds for repair of critical-sized craniofacial defects.
Rimnac succeeds Joseph M. Prahl, who steps down after 15 years as chair.
"Joe has had an incredible run as department chair," Tien remarked. "We are thankful for his service, and we are excited to see where he will apply his talents next."
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