Engineering school announces interim associate dean of research

The Case School of Engineering has named Christian Zorman as the interim associate dean of research.

A renowned expert in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Zorman has spent his research career focused on developing novel, enabling materials and their requisite processing techniques, particularly for applications in challenging environments.

He earned both his MS and PhD at Case Western Reserve before becoming a researcher here in 1994 and then joining the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2002. He holds secondary appointments in both biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering.

He also is a research associate at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, where he serves as co-director of Research and Scientific Affairs for the Advanced Platform Technology Center of Excellence, and the faculty director of the Microfabrication Laboratory at the university. He is also a dedicated teacher and mentor—receiving the John S. Diekhoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring from the university in 2009.

Zorman has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed technical publications, and his contributions have been recognized with appointments as a senior member of IEEE and chair of the MEMS Technical Group in the American Vacuum Society (AVS), and recently was elected as a fellow of the AVS.

“This research, leadership and mentoring experience, combined with Chris’ unfailing optimism and dedication to our school, make him unusually qualified for this position,” said James McGuffin-Cawley, interim dean of the Case School of Engineering. “He is a broadly knowledgeable, great leader in our community who collaborates extensively with colleagues and students. I look forward to working with Chris on the school’s strategic research plan and as a member of the school’s leadership team.”

Zorman will begin his new role effective Sept. 1.