Faculty Profile: Caroline Cao

Caroline G.L. Cao, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering

Caroline Cao received her PhD in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002. She is Professor of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering at Wright State University and Ohio Research Scholar in the Ohio Imaging Research and Innovation Network, a consortium of three universities in the State of Ohio (Wright State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Ohio State University) for the creation of intellectual property, commercialization, and job creation in Ohio in the field of medical imaging through research and education.

Professor Cao is also cross-appointed in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering as well as in the Department of Surgery in the Boonshoft School of Medicine at WSU. She is an expert in the field of human factors engineering (HFE) in medical systems, especially in the design and application of enabling technology for minimally invasive surgery and training (such as virtual reality simulation, sensory augmentation, and robotics). She is a recipient of an NSF Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and has served as PI or co-PI on more than $15 million of funded research, including multi-institutional grants supported by National Institute of Health (NIH).

Professor Cao has actively cultivated international research collaborations while serving as a Research Chair in France supported by the Regional Research Council of the Loire Region in France in 2010-2011, and as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Australian E-Health Research Centre at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Brisbane, Australia in 2013.