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Alan W. Cramb is President at The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Prior to becoming president in August 2015, he was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs where he was responsible for the academic programs and mission of the Institute. In 2014 he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering.
He joined the faculty of the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986 and, in 2000, became Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department. In 2005 Alan was appointed the Dean of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his role as Dean, he was responsible for current and future directions in research and education for one of the leading engineering schools in the USA.
He is the author of over 200 publications and 2 patents. He was the recipient of the AISI Medal in 1985 and 1986 and the Robert Woolston Hunt Award of the Iron and Steel Society (ISS) in 1987. He was the President of the Iron and Steel Society in 2000 and became the President of American Institute for Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) in 2005. In addition he is a Distinguished Member or Fellow of ISS, AIME, The American Society for Materials (ASM), The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Iron and Steel Society of Japan (ISIJ) and the National Academy of Inventors. He received a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy from Strathclyde University, Glasgow and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania.