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Case engineering professor wins Hovorka Prize for exceptional achievements

Mihajlo D. Mesarovic, Cady Staley Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University Case School of Engineering is the 2005 winner of the university’s Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize.

Professor Mesarovic is a scholar ahead of his time and for our time. In the late 1960s, anticipating that complexity would become a defining paradigm for the next century, he developed theoretical tools that have found applications in many scientific disciplines and in global issues, particularly environmental problems. In 1968, he published Systems Theory and Biology and organized a “Systems Theory and Biology” symposium at Case, launching a new scientific discipline, from which the Department of Biomedical Engineering evolved. In 1974, with colleague Eduard Pastel, Professor Mesarovic published, Mankind at the Turning Point, a nonfiction bestseller in Europe, which has been described as “An enormous step forward in our understanding of the essence of the worst bottlenecks our world is facing.”

Professor Mesarovic has lectured in more than 60 countries, advised government officials, consulted for international organizations, and published widely. In 1999, he was appointed a Scientific Advisor on Global Change by Federico Mayor, Director-General of the UNESCO. For the past ten years, he has concentrated his teaching at the undergraduate level, focusing on future-oriented and interdisciplinary education. He developed the “Global Issues: A Critical Thinking and Problem-solving Approach” course popular with both engineering and arts and sciences students. He is currently senior investigator of the Systems Biology and Mismatch Repair Project, an NIH-sponsored study.

The Hovorka Prize was established in 1994 by Dorothy Humel Hovorka, a member of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees and a leader in the Cleveland community, in honor of her late husband, Frank, who was the Hurlbut Professor and chair of Case’s Department of Chemistry. Each year the award recognizes a Case faculty member for exceptional achievements in teaching, research, and scholarship that benefits humanity.


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Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.