Jeffrey L. Duerk PhD ’87, Dean and Leonard Case Professor of Engineering

Having been a member of the university since 1988 as well as dean of the Case School of Engineering since 2012, Jeffery L. Duerk has been busy receiving accolades for his many outstanding achievements.

Duerk was recently elected by his colleagues in the College of Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering to serve as a member of the organization’s board of directors as a director-at-large. As director-at-large, Duerk will help set strategic priorities for AIMBE and direct the course of the organization’s future.

AIMBE is a nonprofit organization representing the top two percent of researchers and scholars in the field. Founded in 1991, the organization serves as an advocate for public policy issues related to improving lives through medical and biological engineering.

Duerk was also one of two Case Western Reserve University researchers elected National Academy of Inventors Fellow for lifetime achievements and leadership in innovation and scientific discovery. Duerk will be inducted with the 175-member class of 2016 Fellows in April at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston during NAI’s annual conference.

Duerk has published more than 185 peer-reviewed papers, obtained more than 30 patents (with more than 20 licensed to industry) and secured numerous grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and industry. He is also the founding director of the Case Center of Imaging Research and founding leader of the Cancer Imaging program in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has served in a number of key leadership positions in professional organizations during his career, including as president of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, chair of the 2004 ISMRM Program Committee (Kyoto, Japan), treasurer of the ISMRM, editor-in-chief of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and member of the ISMRM Board of Trustees and a 2011 recipient of its Silver Medal.