Michigan Tech names new dean

Michigan Technological University named a new dean in their college of engineering, Adrienne Minerick.
 
Minerick is a current professor of chemical engineering and also teaches biomedical engineering courses. She will serve as the college's associate dean for research and innovation.
 
The position consists of coordinating faculty and staff engagement on research projects and connecting with agencies which provide funding for research, whether short- or long-term. It was created after the retirement of former dean for research Carl Anderson, but the role is now expanded to push toward also supporting projects through economic and social development goals including commercialization.
 
"Adrienne is one of our leading researchers, working in the constantly-expanding areas of health science and engineering," says dean of the college, Wayne Pennington. "But she has also successfully created a start-up company based on some of her research, and the interaction of that company with the university, the SmartZone, Superior Innovations and other groups engaged in economic development, provides valuable experience that she can use to assist others to do the same."
 
Minerick has been at Michigan Tech since 2009, was recently promoted to professor, and has received many awards including an NSF Career Award.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University
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