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April 2020 – E. Dianne Rekow

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E. Dianne Rekow is Professor Emeritus and former Executive Dean of King’s College London Dental Institute, England, now the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Her career has integrated engineering, material science and clinical dentistry. She first earned a B.S. in Physic and Mathematics, MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from St. Thomas College.  After 11 years in various technical positions in industry, she returned to academics, earning a D.D.S., Orthodontic Certificate, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering all from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has held a number of leadership positions in both academics and industry, spanning Project Lead on a multi-million-dollar product development, Department Chair, Provost and Dean. Though a basic researcher, as a licensed clinician she has been able to identify research needs and integrate dental and engineering findings into clinical care. Dianne’s early work pioneered many of the concepts now integrated into dental CAD/CAM systems. Her team’s later work, funded by NIDCR, focused on damage initiation and propagation in brittle materials, integrating researchers from five academic institutions and five corporations across the world. Many students and post-doc fellows from the team are now successful academics and researchers in their own right. Dianne has and now holds leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. She is a fellow in AADR, IADR, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontists (and Schweitzer Research Awardee of that organization) and the Academy of Dental Materials.  

Rekow was elected to membership in the Royal College of Medicine (England) and is a Fellow of King's College London. Now retired, she volunteers time to her community and continues to be actively engaged professionally, particularly focusing on demystifying technology and digital systems that can enhance oral and systemic health. 

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