Case Western Reserve University has appointed Robert F. Kirsch chairman of the biomedical engineering department and Kenneth A. Loparo chairman of the electrical engineering and computer science department. Kirsch and Loparo are prolific researchers, proven leaders among their peers and consistently highly regarded in annual student reviews.
“They are doers who will take action and move the departments forward; in both cases, shaping the vision for the future rather than reacting to the future,” said Jeffrey Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering. Loparo and Kirsch lead the two largest engineering departments. The electrical engineering and computer science department was established from three departments and continues to offer four different undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Biomedical engineering is shared by the Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine, with faculty appointed from each.
“Bob has emerged as one of the true leaders on the Case Western Reserve campus,” said Pamela Davis, dean of the School of Medicine. “The chair of biomedical engineering occupies a pivotal position in our research and education activities and I can think of no one more suited to this challenge than Bob.”