Criscione appointed assistant dean for graduate programs

Photo of Dr. John CrisconeDr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. John C. Criscione assistant dean for graduate programs effective Oct. 7.

Criscione joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2001 as assistant professor and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He earned a bachelor's degree in applied physics from Purdue Univeristy, and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Criscione’s research focuses on how mechanics — the study of force and motion in matter — applies to the biology of the heart and how to utilize such knowledge to obtain better clinical outcomes. Toward this end, state-of-the-art modeling tools are essential for representing the mechanical behavior of biological tissues, and Criscione has made fundamental contributions to the nonlinear field theories of mechanics.

In order to translate research discoveries into therapies for heart failure, Criscione is an active inventor and entrepreneur. As a founder and CEO of CorInnova, an early-stage medical device company, he has firsthand knowledge of the medical device industry — experience that he uses to guide his research and teaching in the research, development, design and regulation of medical technologies.

He is an advisory board member of FDA Medical Device Industry Coalition and a charter fellow of The Michael E. DeBakey Institute of Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices at Texas A&M.

In 2012, Criscione was selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, which included 72 of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators. He also received the 2009 Bryan Rotary Club/Research Valley Commercialization Rising Star Award for his work in accelerating the commercialization of Texas A&M heart technologies.