Meet the Dean

Robin Coger, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin Coger was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering in May of 2011.   At that time, Chancellor Martin noted that “Dr. Coger is an accomplished researcher who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the engineering field. She is a visionary leader who has the ability to strengthen and enhance the educational, research, and outreach programs in our College of Engineering, which plays a vital role in assisting us in our efforts to fully realize our mission as well as to assist the university in more successfully contributing to the economic competitiveness of the Triad region and the state."

Dean Coger is the founder and director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has also been a professor of the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at the William States Lee College of Engineering, where she served as interim chair of her department from July 2008 through June 2009. Additionally, she has assisted with the planning and establishment of the interdisciplinary doctorate program in biology at UNC-Charlotte and served as a founding faculty member of that program.

Over the past 15 years, Dean Coger's research in Charlotte has focused on solving design and performance problems related to tissue engineered organs—with special emphasis on the development and safe storage of liver replacement devices. Her research has resulted in extensive publications in the areas of liver tissue engineering and cryopreservation and two patent applications.  Dean Coger has also been recognized for her research with a National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award.

Dean Coger is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

She earned her B.S. degree from Cornell University, and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering. Dean Coger completed her post-doctoral research training at Harvard Medical School.