Dr. Robin N. Coger is the Dean of the College of Engineering (COE) and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. Under Dr. Coger’s leadership the College continues to implement several initiatives designed to facilitate and showcase College’s excellence, in line with the University’s Preeminence 2020 strategic plan and the College’s strategic priorities. With focus ranging from advancing the global preparedness of COE students, highlighting the research of COE graduate students, to enhancing the innovation climate across the College. Each is designed to ensure that the College of Engineering is a strong technical epicenter for our regional, national, and international partners.
Prior to joining 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 (MEES) 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, plus two patent applications. Dr. Coger has been awarded for her excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring over the years, the latter of which includes earning the 2010 Harshini V. de Silva Award for graduate student mentoring at UNC Charlotte.
Dr. Coger is a fellow of both 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 serving previously as an appointed member of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review’s Gene and Drug Delivery Systems study section.
Dr. Robin Coger earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and holds Master of science and Doctoral degrees from the University of California - Berkeley, all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Coger is a proud alumnus of the National GEM Consortium, the organization whose fellowship support helped make her master’s and doctoral graduate education possible. 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.