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Dr. Cramb appointed Dean of Engineering

To: The Rensselaer Community
From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President
Re: Appointment of Dr. Alan Cramb as Dean of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Date: February 7, 2005

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Alan Cramb as Dean of the School of Engineering, and the John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering. Dr. Cramb will join Rensselaer on July 1, 2005.

Currently Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Cramb brings to Rensselaer an impressive career that spans both industry and academia.

Following seven years as a research engineer with steadily increasing responsibilities at Bethlehem Steel, Dr. Cramb moved to Carnegie Mellon in 1986, with appointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science and Associate Director of the Center for Iron and Steel Research. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989, and appointed Co-Director of the Center for Iron and Steel Research in 1992. Dr. Cramb was promoted to Professor in 1999, and appointed Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2000.

A distinguished researcher in the area of steel processing, Dr. Cramb's work is problem-focused in areas such as casting machine operation, process improvement, and product quality improvement. His current research is in the area of the solidification behavior of steels, including clean steel production. He has published more than 160 papers, including ten in 2004, and has made presentations throughout the world.

Dr. Cramb has been active in professional societies, including the Iron and Steel Society (President, 2000), the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers (President-elect), and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Carnegie Lecturer, American Society for Materials, and the Benjamin F. Fairless Award, a major award of AIME, earning both honors in 2003.

Born in Kilwinning, Scotland, Alan Cramb attended the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, receiving a Bachelor of Science with high honors in Metallurgy in 1975. He completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

Dr. Alan Cramb is an outstanding leader with an expansive vision for engineering and its role in creating the future. He brings his considerable skills and experience to Rensselaer at a time when many new faculty have joined the Institute, research awards are growing, student quality is improving, and we are moving boldly into new fields that will be critically important in the 21st century. This growth trajectory provides many opportunities for continued leadership and excellence in engineering, and Dr. Cramb is well prepared to lead the charge.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Alan Cramb to Rensselaer.