Dr. Kevin Craig — A True Innovator

When Hofstra’s new online mechatronics certificate launches in February (see information below), professor Dr. Kevin Craig will bring his decades of knowledge to the yearlong program.

He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he played varsity football and baseball and graduated with a B.S. degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he earned M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees at Columbia University while working in the mechanical-nuclear design department of Ebasco Services, Inc. in NYC, and teaching at Hofstra University, where he received tenure.

He joined the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1989, where he served as director of Core Engineering — the first two years of the School of Engineering — and as chair of the Engineering Science Interdisciplinary Department. At RPI, he developed the mechatronics program, including its teaching and research laboratory. During his 18 years there, he graduated 37 M.S. students and 20 Ph.D. students. He also authored more than 30 refereed journal articles, and received two of RPI’s highest teaching awards: the 2006 School of Engineering Education Excellence Award and the 2006 Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award.

In 2008, he became the Robert C. Greenheck Chair in Engineering Design at Marquette University. He was given the 2013 ASEE North-Midwest Best Teacher Award and the 2014 ASME Outstanding Design Educator Award.

He returned to Hofstra, joining the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a tenured full professor, in 2014. He is the director of the Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, which he created with one million dollars of funding from NYS/Hofstra. He’s also the director of the Center for Innovation, a new center he created to collaborate with business and industry. He recently created a 12-month, 12-module online mechatronics certificate program for practicing engineers that starts in February.

See: Dr. Craig talk about the first module of the new online mechatronics certificate program: click here

For more information on the certificate program, click here

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