February 2, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 9



Associate Dean Joins Engineering and Computer Science

J. Michael Kabo Worked in Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedics at UCLA

J. Michael Kabo, associate dean of Cal State Northridge's College of Engineering and Computer Science since January 5, is philosophical about leaving the lecture halls and laboratories where he earned great distinction during his 23-year career in orthopaedics, biomechanics and biomedical engineering.

"I will miss teaching and I will miss my laboratory," he said, "but I will get over it. There are so many new and exciting things to deal with at Northridge that I don't have time to think about it."

Kabo comes to Northridge from UCLA, where since 1998 he had been a field chair for biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue engineering in the Biomedical Engineering Interdisciplinary Program at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also was professor in residence for UCLA's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

His Northridge assignment was announced in December by S.T. Mau, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, who cited his new colleague's progression through the faculty ranks at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, within its Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

"I'm looking forward to working with the dean," said Kabo, "helping to make the college even stronger, keeping it on the fast track to make a name for itself and accumulate the recognition it so rightfully deserves."

The new administrator's work in orthopaedics has drawn national recognition, including the John Charnley and Frank Stinchfield Awards in 1991 and 2000 from the Hip Society, affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

A Granada Hills resident, Kabo's community service has benefited the California State Science Fair, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the Pediatric Society of North America.

Widely published and the recipient of numerous research grants, Kabo has taught courses ranging from mechanical engineering and biomechanics to computer graphics and bioengineering.

After earning from Rutgers University both a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in mechanical engineering, the New Jersey native came west for a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in applied mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley.


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