Clare Rimnac is the Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. She holds secondary appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics.

Rimnac, who received her M.S. from Lehigh in 1980, went on to become the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Lehigh in 1983. In 2008, she was the first woman to receive the materials science and engineering department’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rimnac’s research is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is directed toward orthopaedic biomechanics, with a focus on implant retrieval analysis, mechanical behavior and modeling of materials used in total joint replacements, and damage and fracture behavior of bone tissue.

She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Among other honors, Professor Rimnac has served on two NIH study sections, is the recipient of an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta Award, two Hip Society Awards, and a Knee Society Award. She is also the first woman to serve as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and is in the Presidential Line of the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Her many contributions to the field have been recognized by an AAOS Kappa Delta Award, the Otto AuFranc and Frank Stinchfield awards from the Hip Society, and an award from the Knee Society. Rimnac is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Prior to her appointment at Case Western Reserve, Rimnac was a Research Fellow and a Scientist in the Department of Biomechanics at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

M.S., Ph.D. Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Notable Achievement: 
First woman to earn a Ph.D. in metallurgy and materials engineering from Lehigh