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Ulsoy Selected to Receive Outstanding Investigator Award



Galip Ulsoy, professor of mechanical engineering and manufacturing, was recognized for his achievements in flexible automation and will be honored with the Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award this July 2014.

Ulsoy will be receiving the award overseas at the 2014 International Symposium on Flexible Automation held on Awaji Island in Japan. Every two years, one investigator who has significantly contributed to the field of flexible automation is selected to receive the honor. Such contributions may include publications, theses, patents, or inventions. Ulsoy will be awarded both a plaque and a monetary supplement of $2,000.

The Symposium was founded in 1986 and has since supported the transmission of new ideas, technology, and innovative plans for the future.  The awards themselves were first distributed in 1998. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Systems, Control, and Information Engineers sponsor the event.

The term “flexible automation” is synonymous with the automation technologies required to meet the transforming needs of modern manufacturing. Such necessities, as listed by the Symposium’s website, include flexibility, intelligence, leadtime reduction, and lean manufacturing with increasing focus on sustainability.

Ulsoy has earned various honorary titles from the University as well. He is a C.D. Mote Jr. Distinguished University Professor of Mechanical Engineering and William Clay Ford Professor Manufacturing. Additionally, Ulsoy serves as Deputy Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Machining Systems. 

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