Clare Rimnac, the Wilbert S. Austin Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been promoted to associate dean of research at the Case School of Engineering.
Rimnac will implement the school's strategic research plan, coordinating the school's four new institutes, and assisting with new faculty hires.
Dean Norman C. Tien said he selected Rimnac for this role based on her reputation as an excellent researcher with an eye for new talent and the high regard in which she is held among her fellow faculty members. She will work closely with Pat Crago who continues to provide oversight for engineering education and student programs.
Rimnac's own research focuses on implant retrieval analysis, mechanical behavior and constitutive modeling of materials used in total joint replacements, and damage and fracture behavior of bone tissue.
Iwan Alexander, the Cady Staley Professor, replaces Rimnac as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Alexander, who has been at the university for 12 years, brings broad experience in academia, having been a researcher and professor in physics, oceanography and ocean engineering, and materials science prior to beginning his professorship here.
He wears several hats at the university, having served as director of the National Center for Space Exploration Research since 2005, and as a creator and now faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute.
Alexander's recent research focuses on crystal growth, fluids and combustion in the microgravity of space, and energy storage in space and on earth.
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