Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering Elects 32 New Members in 2021

Rocky Hill, CT —The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) announces the election of 32 of Connecticut’s leading experts in science, engineering, medicine, and technology to membership in the Academy. The new members will be introduced at the Academy’s 46th Annual Meeting to be held virtual on May 27, 2021.

The 32 newly elected members are:

  • Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Associate Professor, Interim Chief, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UConn School of Medicine
  • Maria Chrysochoou, Professor & Head, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UConn School of Engineering
  • Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, Dpt. of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine
  • Michael Culmo, Chief Bridge Engineer, CHA Consulting, Inc.
  • Alan C. Dardik, Professor of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine
  • Enrique De La Cruz, Professor & Chair of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry; Head, Branford College, Yale School of Medicine
  • Gary V. Desir, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine, Dpt. of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • Dipak Dey, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, UConn
  • Pamela K. Diggle, Professor & Dpt. Head, Dpt. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UConn
  • Gail D’Onofrio, Albert E. Kent Professor of Emergency Medicine; Dpt. Chair, Yale School of Medicine; & Chief of Emergency Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Rong Fan, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Antonio Giraldez, Chair & Professor, Genetics, Yale School of Medicine & the Graduate School
  • Yuriy Gmirya, Senior Technical Fellow, Dpt. of Engineering & Technology, Rotary & Mission Systems, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
  • Pinelopi K. Goldberg, Elihu Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Yale University
  • Anjelica L. Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Dpt. of Biomedical Engineering, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Garth N. Graham, Vice President, Chief Community Health Officer, CVS Health
  • Mark W. Hochstrasser, Eugene Higgins Professor, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, & Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Yale School of Medicine
  • Melinda L. Irwin, Professor of Epidemiology & Associate Dean for Research, Yale School of Public Health; Associate Cancer Center Director (Population Sciences), Yale Cancer Cntr.
  • Cynthia S. Jones, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UConn
  • Lisa L. Lattanza, Chair, Dpt. of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Carl W. Lejuez, Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, UConn
  • Chen Liu, Anthony N. Brady Professor & Chair, Pathology, Yale School of Medicine
  • Tianfeng Lu, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UConn
  • Reina Maruyama, Associate Professor of Physics, Yale University
  • Jeffrey R. McCutcheon, Professor & Executive Director, Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation; Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Research & Education, UConn School of Engineering
  • Linda M. Niccolai, Professor, Dpt. of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health
  • Alexander Staroselsky, Associate Director of Research, Raytheon Technologies Research Center
  • Anthony T. Vella, Professor & Chair, Immunology, UConn School of Medicine
  • John Wettlaufer, A.M. Bateman Professor of Geophysics (& Mathematics & Physics), Yale University
  • Jason C. White, Director, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Heping Zhang, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics, Professor of Statistics & Data Science; & Professor of Child Study, Yale School of Public Health
  • Hongyu Zhao, Ira V. Hiscock Professor & Chair of Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health



Election to CASE is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence. CASE was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well-being. For more information about the Academy, please visit