From the Desk of President Snyder

At Case Western Reserve University, we imagine and influence the future. Over the course of our history, engineering has played a critical role in helping us achieve these lofty aspirations. Among our graduates are the founder of Dow Chemical and the inventor of the walkie talkie, the lead developer of Google's Gmail and the creator of the Nike Air Sole. Our faculty include world-renowned leaders in such fields as functional electrical stimulation, ceramics and polymeric systems.

In 2008, Case Western Reserve adopted Forward Thinking, a strategic plan that calls upon the university to build on our strengths through greater interdisciplinary collaboration. Since then, we have launched academic alliances in such priority areas as Advanced Materials, Energy and Human Health. These three topics also represent the broad categories in which we will make the Case School of Engineering's strategic faculty hires. Working in conjunction with the university administration, CSE faculty are in the process of developing discrete focal areas within those larger categories. As they are identified, we will post additional information about them here.

Another priority of Forward Thinking is diversity. The broader the range of perspectives we bring to our community, the more effective it will be in tackling and solving our greatest intellectual challenges. A key objective of this initiative, then, will be to increase the proportion of women and underrepresented minorities who are members of the CSE Faculty.

To faculty considering becoming part of this ambitious initiative, I urge you to explore information about the school and university here. To those already part of our university, I thank you in advance for your assistance with this effort.

Sincerely,
Barbara R. Snyder
President