From the Desk of Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk

At the Case School of Engineering, we are redefining what higher education and academic research look like. Through our new Engineering Strategic Hiring Initiative, I invite you to be a part of this exciting venture.

We are recruiting faculty who embrace our commitments to interdisciplinary research and practical solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. If you share our vision of entrepreneurial collaboration and strategic problem-solving, then I hope you will consider joining our team.

Our 130-year history of collaborative endeavor remains our backbone for innovation. Since 1887, and the famed Michelson-Morley experiments that laid the foundation for Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, we have focused on bringing the best minds of different fields together to go further. That approach influences our current model of more than a dozen major centers and institutes grouped around relevant research areas.

Our nationally recognized Department of Biomedical Engineering stands as a university model and prime example of how true collaboration can power innovation, in this case leading to discoveries that transform people's lives. In the same vein, the Great Lakes Energy Institute utilizes one of the nation's first campus-based research turbines to test the latest advancements in wind energy, and pushes the field with innovations in fuel cells, solar technology and renewable energy storage. Our Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) integrates polymer science with research in nanotechnology, optics, laser physics, biomedical engineering and more as the university's first NSF science and technology center. Our newest institute, the Institute for Advanced Materials, answers real-world issues with breakthroughs like synthetic blood platelets, coatings to protect off-shore wind turbines, and sustainable aerogels that clean up oil and chemical spills in oceans and rivers. Soon, we will be launching a new institute that unites technology and health to lead this emerging field of global health care delivery.

Our collaborative approach does not end at the borders of our university. Our engineering faculty works closely with colleagues at such institutions as Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center and NASA Glenn Research Center. In addition, we partner with such corporate leaders as Medtronic, Swagelok, Sherwin Williams, Timken, Parker Hannifin and Bayer to advance research, education and the rapid translation of lab discoveries to industry breakthroughs. Such advancements would not be possible without our close ties to industry partners.

As we head into the future, we're forging even stronger commitments to relevant breakthroughs by recruiting new faculty talent in disciplines that align with our expertise in these strategic areas of focus:

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Multi-scale Biomedical Systems & Computational Biology
  • Photovoltaics and Lifetime Degradation
  • Smart Energy
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Translating Biomaterials to Revolutionize Patient Care

If you are eager to extend the reach of your own work by joining with fellow scholars; if you are interested not just in making scientific discoveries, but in making relevant breakthroughs that answers some of the world's most challenging questions; if you are dedicated to transformative innovation, then I encourage you to take a closer look at the Case School of Engineering.

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Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk

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