Dr. Robin N. Coger is the Dean of the College of Engineering and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) located in Greensboro, NC (see coe.ncat.edu). The College offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees through its 7 academic departments; and as such the COE offers its corporate and government collaborators ample opportunities to partner on research and educational endeavors compelled by the shared goal of preparing a globally competitive workforce. Thus, under Dr. Coger’s leadership, the College is advancing its strategic agenda of creating engineering and computer science leaders who excel in education, innovation, and research. The COE’s strategic priorities are designed to ensure that the College of Engineering is a strong technical epicenter for our regional, national, and international partners.
Prior to joining N.C. A&T’s faculty in July 2011, Dr. Coger served as the founder and director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems (now the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science) and was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her career at UNC Charlotte spanned over 15 years, where she served as a dedicated educator, researcher, and administrator – the latter of which included serving as Interim Chairperson of the MEES department from 2008-2009.
Dr. Coger’s research expertise is in solving design and performance problems related to tissue engineered organs, with special emphasis on liver replacement devices and their safe storage for off-the-shelf availability. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Whitaker Foundation; and has resulted in numerous publications in the areas of liver tissue engineering and cryopreservation, one patent, and two patent applications. Dr. Coger has been awarded for her excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring over her career, and is actively engaged in collaborations that advance faculty, innovative ventures, and student competitiveness.
Dr. Coger is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She also serves as a peer reviewer for several journals and agencies, including previously serving as an appointed member of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review’s Gene and Drug Delivery Systems study section. In addition to her AMIE participation on behalf of NC A&T, Dr. Coger is a member of the Board of Directors of FIRST – an organization founded to inspire the interest and participation of young people in engineering, science and technology. Dr. Robin Coger is also a member of the Executive Council of InnovateGSO (see innovategso.org) – an initiative that engages 5 cities in North Carolina focused on expanding the innovation economy across the state.
Dr. Robin Coger earned a bachelor of science from Cornell University, and holds a master of science and doctoral degrees from the University of California - Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering. Dr. Coger also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.