As the Director of the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fening drives innovation and translational research to move technologies to the market, where they can improve patient care.

He received undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering, an interdisciplinary PhD degree in biomedical engineering, and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopaedic biomechanics. His career goal is to make a broad and substantial improvements to patient care through translational research and commercialization.

Dr. Fening is a co-founder of two startup companies and serves on the board of directors for several for- and not-for-profits.

Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fening has served as the Director of Research for Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, the Director of Orthopaedic Research for Summa Health System, and the Director of Orthopaedic Devices at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. His areas of research focus included the biomechanics of sports injuries to the knee, shoulder, and head and in innovation more broadly across orthopaedic devices. He has received over $20M in grant funding, published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and has several patents. He was a 2017 recipient of the Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40, and is a member of several national and international professional societies.


Cleveland FES Center

Managing Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership;
Professor, Biomedical Engineering;

Associate Vice President for Research
Case Western Reserve University


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