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Great Hall: Welcome New Faculty

Jul 01, 2022   |   Dartmouth Engineer

Dartmouth Engineering welcomed three new faculty—Professors Katie Hixon, Klaus Keller, and Wesley J. Marrero—during the fall and winter terms.

Professor Katie Hixon (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Katie Hixon, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Assistant Professor of Engineering Katie Hixon’s research focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine strategies to improve treatment and facilitate healing in patients with congenital and traumatic craniofacial anomalies. Hixon earned her PhD in biomedical engineering at Saint Louis University and completed a postdoctoral position in orthopedic surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where she studied bone healing through the NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. 

Hixon's work will continue to contribute to cutting-edge research utilizing orthopaedic and craniofacial models to drive the development of novel tissue engineering/regenerative medicine therapies, impacting dental, oral, craniofacial, and musculoskeletal health.

Professor Klaus Keller (Courtesy Photo)

Klaus Keller, Hodgson Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Klaus Keller, the Hodgson Distinguished Professor of Engineering, comes to Dartmouth from Penn State, where he was a professor of geosciences and directed the Center for Climate Risk Management. Previously, he was a research scientist at Princeton, where he earned his PhD in civil and environmental engineering, and had a prior career as an engineer in Germany. He earned his master’s degrees from MIT and Princeton, as well as a Diplom-Ingenieur degree from the Technische Universität Berlin. 

His research focuses on understanding past and ongoing changes to the earth's system to predict potential future changes, and utilizing this information to design and develop technologically feasible, scientifically sound, sustainable, efficient, and ethical climate change mitigation strategies.

Professor Wesley J. Marrero (Photo by Eli Burakian '00)

Wesley J. Marrero, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Assistant Professor of Engineering Wesley J. Marrero’s research lies at the intersection of operations research and statistics. His work is applicable to substance use disorder, cardiovascular disease, and organ transplantation and he has ongoing collaborations with the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of Michigan's Medical School and the School of Public Health, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

He was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment and Harvard Medical School.

This article appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of the Dartmouth Engineer magazine.

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