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Professors Mazumder and Shih Elected ASME Fellows


mazumderJyoti Mazumder, the Robert H. Lurie Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Albert Shih, professor of Mechanical Engineering, have been elected to the rank of Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The grade of Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership in the ASME organization. Fellowship recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.

Mazumder, founding director of the U-M Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing and director of the Center for Laser-Aided Intelligent Manufacturing, earned the designation of Fellow for “exemplary service and citizenship in the local, national and international communities” and earning “outstanding reputations in scholarship, education, and innovation.”

A visionary in the area of laser materials processing, Mazumder is credited with commercializing laser-aided manufacturing, including a closed-loop direct metal deposition (DMD) process that has led to new ways to grow patient-specific bone tissue. His work on spectroscopic diagnostics of plasma associated with laser-aided manufacturing has resulted in development of specialized sensors and significant improvements in process reliability. His company, POM Group, Inc., has built patented equipment now in operation in five countries.

Mazumder previously earned ASME’s Ennor Award. He is also a fellow of the Laser Institute of America and the American Society of Metals. He joined the U-M faculty in 1996.

ShihProfessor Albert Shih was elected to the rank of Fellow for his “major contributions in industry and academia.” At Cummins Inc., Shih developed advanced grinding technology for precision diesel engine components. He has received five U.S. patents for his work on the machining of advanced materials. Shih is credited with developing the first high-volume manufacturing application of sub-micron precision ceramic components for the automotive industry.

The grade of Fellow also recognizes Shih’s role in having “pioneered and promoted biomedical manufacturing” and “expanding the frontiers of manufacturing research” into the healthcare arena.

Among the many honors Shih has earned are a 2007 Outstanding Paper Award from the North American Manufacturing Research Institution/Society of Manufacturing Engineers; the 2004 SAE Ralph Teetor Education Award; 2004 Best Paper Award on the 6th International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing and 2000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He joined the U-M faculty in 2003.

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