Spectrum Logo
A non-profit publication of the Office of the University Relations of Virginia Tech,
including The Conductor, a special section of the Spectrum printed 4 times a year

Rogers appointed USC dean

By Liz Crumbley

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 36 - July 25, 1996

Virginia Tech mechanical engineering professor Craig A. Rogers, director of the university's Center for Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (CIMSS), has been appointed dean of engineering at the University of South Carolina (USC).

Rogers earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Virginia Tech before joining the faculty of his alma mater. When Rogers and the College of Engineering established the CIMSS in 1987 as the Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory, it was one of the first research facilities of its kind in the world.

An internationally recognized researcher in his field at the age of 36, Rogers is the founding editor of the Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, the first technical journal in the field of smart materials. Under his direction, the CIMSS has conducted ground-breaking research for numerous industry and government sponsors.

At South Carolina, Rogers hopes to forge links between industry and the College of Engineering. "I hope to bring experiences from Virginia Tech to USC and to use many of those experiences to make USC a strong partner with industry in the state and region."

"I am appreciative of the opportunities that have been afforded me at Virginia Tech," Rogers added. "I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to begin my career in a college that has been a leader in engineering education for a long time."