Kazem Kazerounian joined UConn in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984.
Previously, he served as Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives and a professor of Mechanical Engineering. In support of, and in collaboration with, former Engineering Dean Mun Y. Choi – who is now Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs – Dean Kazerounian was responsible for leading strategic initiatives focused on expanding the School’s research enterprise, institutional advancement, educational innovation, and technology commercialization.
Dean Kazerounian has held numerous leadership roles at UConn. He 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. He chaired the School of Engineering Academic Plan 2009-2014 committee, and previously served as Associate Dean for Research & Outreach from 1998-2001. In addition, he was Director of the Advanced Technologies Institute (ATI) from 1999-2001.
At the national level, Dean Kazerounian has chaired the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design Division Executive Committee and several major national and international conferences and technical committees. He has 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, he is 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).
His 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.