Robert C. Dean Jr.

Robert C. Dean Jr.

Adjunct Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

President, Synergy Innovations, Inc.



Dr. Dean is the founder or cofounder of eleven companies: Creare Inc. (contract R&D in the thermal/flow and medical sciences); Hypertherm Inc. (technology leader and world's largest manufacturer of plasma-arc metal-cutting equipment); Creare Innovations Inc. (xerography and motion control) became Spectra/Dimatix and sold to Fuji (four color, drop-on-demand printers); Verax (mammalian-cell culture systems for biopharmaceuticals production);  Synosys, then PerSeptive Biosystems, sold to Perkin-Elmer (biotechnology instruments and process equipment); Synergy Research Corporation (motion-control, reprographics engineering and bioengineering); Synergy Innovations, Inc. (innovation and new venture creation); SIMBEX (injury-prevention and rehabilitation products), NanoComp Technologies, Inc. (carbon  nanotubes and products), Synticos (abrasive slurry jet cutter of anything) and Sunfyr (ultra-high-speed drop impact for fusion power).

He holds ScD (1954), SM (1949) and BS (1948) degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. Dr. Dean was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in the Gas Turbine Laboratory from 1951-1956. He was Head of Advanced Engineering at Ingersoll-Rand Company from 1956-1960. In 1961, he became Associate Professor and later Professor of Engineering at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and is now Professor of Engineering, emeritus.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1977) and a Fellow of the ASME. In 1996, the US Small Business Administration awarded Dr. Dean one of the first "Tibbett's Pioneer Awards" in recognition of his contributions to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. In 1996, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded Dr. Dean the ASME Gold Medal for his technical accomplishments, inspiration of fellow engineers and many contributions to the engineering profession. In 1998, The New Hampshire High Technology Council awarded Dr. Dean the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He is President of Synergy Innovations Inc., Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he is innovating processes and products for working materials, for advanced materials fabrication and for fusion power. He holds 27 U.S. patents, with approximately ten patents pending, and many foreign patents.


Fluid mechanics; plasma-arcs; medical, bioprocess, and biomechanics engineering; injury prevention/rehabilitation; materials processing; energy; venture creation; product innovation.


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