Gregory Crawford

Dean, College of Science, University of Notre Dame

"Nano-particles in Sunscreen Applications"

Gregory Crawford joined Notre Dame as dean of the College of Science and professor of physics in July 2008. Prior to coming to Notre Dame he was dean of engineering and professor of physics and engineering at Brown University. He joined Brown University in 1996 after working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a member of the research staff. In the summer of 1999, Dean Crawford was a visiting research professor at Philips Research Laboratory (Natlab) in Eindhoven, Netherlands working on the physics and applications of emissive and lasing materials. During the 2003-2004 academic year, he was on sabbatical at the Technical University of Eindhoven, where he worked on the underlying physics of novel phenomena of patterned liquid crystals and polymers with potential use in displays and security applications and where he collaborated with his Dutch colleagues on developing an entrepreneurship program at the Master’s level.

Since coming to the University of Notre Dame, Dean Crawford has played an active role in the classroom and has engaged other colleges on campus as well as the Indiana community. Recently, the College of Science has been involved in a new partnership between Notre Dame and the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (I-CTSI). The I-CTSI is a collaborative effort of Indiana and Purdue universities, Clarian Health, private industry, state and local government, BioCrossroads, and others to implement a new program of translational research—the process of turning basic scientific discoveries into new medical treatments and business opportunities.

Dean Crawford has a passion for training science students in the area of entrepreneurship as related to their discipline: he developed both undergraduate and graduate programs (Master’s and Ph.D.) while at Brown and continues on with his entrepreneurial passion at Notre Dame. He has taught several courses, including a new course – Scientific Entrepreneurship – that focused on innovation and entrepreneurship of embryonic ideas and scientific breakthroughs and how to move them from the laboratory to the marketplace. In collaboration with Dean Kilpatrick of the College of Engineering and Dean Woo of the Mendoza College of Business, Dean Crawford started a unique one-year graduate program – the Engineering, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s Program (ESTEEM) – which was launched in the fall of 2009. Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship. The College of Science is also developing an undergraduate interdisciplinary science degree program in which students will be exposed to a broad-based science curriculum providing an educational, holistic experience with an interdisciplinary perspective. Dean Crawford’s other teaching interests include optics, photonics, waves, soft matter, and high-technology entrepreneurship at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dean Crawford’s research interests span a variety of topics, including materials science in areas related to medicine, displays, and nano-technology. His entrepreneurial approach to turning basic science into medical innovation has led him to found two biotechnology companies: Myomics, Inc. and Corum Medical, Inc. Dean Crawford is inventor/coinventor of 18 patents, has published over 300 research and education papers, and edited several books: Liquid Crystals in Complex Geometries Formed by Polymer and Porous Networks, Flexible Flat Panel Displays, Liquid Crystals, Frontiers in Biomedical Applications, and Cross-Linked Liquid Crystalline Systems: From Rigid Polymer Networks to Elastomers. He is published significantly in the area of high-technology and science pedagogy. Dean Crawford also served as editor of a special edition onbnano-technology in Displays and Medical Displays for the new Journal for the Society for Information Display. He is a fellow of the Society for Information Display.