Gregory P. Crawford
The William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science
Gregory P. Crawford joined the University of Notre Dame in 2008 as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics after serving as dean of engineering at Brown University. His penchant for crossing disciplinary boundaries and his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship—not to mention his determination to focus on the big “What if?” questions—make him a perfect leader for a college and a university that have prioritized the translation of basic science research into tangible products and solutions that benefit society, human health, and the environment.
With over 300 research and education publications, review articles, and book chapters, and more than 20 U.S. patents and patent applications, Dean Crawford is passionate about translating basic science discoveries into value for human health and for society. The creative deployment of his own basic research has resulted in many inventions and two biotechnology start-up companies, Myomics, Inc. and Corum Medical, Inc. Corum Medical, Inc., is based on hemoglobin determination and non-invasivity and Myomics is a drug discovery and screening company. In addition to his research interests, Dean Crawford is committed to entrepreneurship pedagogy and has been well funded and frequently published on this topic.
Dean Crawford is deeply committed to the University's mission, which pervades all of his endeavors. Dean Crawford has embarked on three cross-country “Road to Discovery” bike rides totaling more than 7,750 miles to raise funds and awareness for Niemann-Pick Type C disease. His fourth ride will take him from Los Angeles, California to Baltimore, Maryland for a total of 3,746 miles in 37 days. Dean Crawford and his wife, Dr. Renate Crawford, also participate in the annual Pink Zone Initiative to raise funds for breast cancer research, awareness, and services, by riding stationary spinning bikes for 24 hours. Dean Crawford looks forward to continuing these efforts and to furthering the University's commitment of becoming a premier research university.
One of four endowed faculty positions bearing the Warren name, this deanship was a gift of the William K. Warren Foundation, which was founded by its Oklahoma oil executive namesake in 1945. Warren’s son, William K. Warren Jr. (’56), is a Life Trustee of the University.