Greetings! I am Kazem Kazerounian, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, and it's my pleasure to welcome you to our website. I invite you to explore our school in these pages, to visit us in Storrs, and to join our community.
I joined UConn in 1984 after receiving my Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984.
In my most recent role, I served as Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives and a professor of Mechanical Engineering. In supporting, and in collaboration with Engineering Dean Mun Y. Choi -- who is currently serving as Interim Provost -- I was responsible for leading strategic initiatives focused on expanding the School's research enterprise, institutional advancement, educational innovation, and technology commercialization.
I have held numerous leadership roles at UConn. I was an elected representative on the University Senate (2008-2011), and served on numerous University-level committees, including the Provost's Research Equipment Competition Committee, Research Advisory Council, Faculty Review Board, and Review Panel for Intercampus Research Grants. I chair the School of Engineering Academic Plan 2009-2014 committee, and previously served as Associate Dean for Research & Outreach from 1998-2001. In addition, I was Director of the Advanced Technologies Institute (ATI) from 1999-2001.
At the national level, I chair the ASME Design Division Executive Committee and have chaired several major national and international conferences and technical committees. I have served on the editorial boards of the ASME Applied Mechanics Review and ASME Journal of Medical Devices and was Associate Editor of both the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the Journal of Mechanisms and Machine Theory. In addition, I am a Fellow of ASME and an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, and the recipient of the ASME Design Division Mechanisms and Robotics Award (a lifetime achievement award) in recognition of cumulative contributions to the field of mechanisms design and theory (2006), the George Wood Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of mechanisms and robotics (1997), and the ABB Outstanding Faculty Award (1997).
My research expertise lies in analytical and computational kinematics and dynamics applied in diverse applications, such as protein-based nano mechanical devices, optimization of mechanisms and gear systems, robotics, and human motion analysis.
School of Engineering
F. L. Castleman Building Rm. 338
261 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3237
Storrs, CT 06269-3237
Phone: (860) 486-2221
Fax: (860) 486-0318