Dr. Norman C. Tien

In 2007 Dr. Tien solicited the defining structure for, approved the formation of, and then assumed university oversight of the Great Lakes Energy Institute.  He has nearly 20 years of experience in building and managing leading-­‐edge technology programs in academia dealing with basic and applied research. 

Dr. Tien is an Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor, and the former Dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. The School of Engineering is a comprehensive research entity organized into 7 academic departments offering 15 undergraduate degree programs, 17 Master’s degree programs, and the Ph.D. degree. With 115 faculty, 2000 students, and an $80 million annual budget, the School includes 12 world-­‐class centers and institutes. Previously he was Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Prior to that, he held professorships jointly at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Davis. At Berkeley he was co-­‐director of the Sensor & Actuator Center, and at Davis the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Earlier he was Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell.

His research and development interests have been in the design, machining and application of micro-­‐electromechanical systems (MEMS), including micro-­‐optical applications, tunable RF elements and relays, and micro-­‐instruments for environmental monitoring.  The work resulted in nearly 100 peer-­‐reviewed publications and the filing of 4 patents. 

He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and is Honorary Professor at Tianjin University, Peoples Republic of China.  

Dr. Tien received a B.S. in Engineering Physics at University of California at Berkeley, M.S.E.E. at University of Illinois, Urbana-­‐Champaign, and his Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego.   His graduate work was performed under a Schlumberger Merit Fellowship.