Two mechanical engineering professors named ASME Fellows

Published: Apr 20, 2022 1:40 PM

By Alyssa Turner

Mechanical engineering professors Robert Jackson and Jay Khodadadi were recently named fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a prestigious title awarded to an ASME member with 10 or more years of active practice and corporate membership who has demonstrated outstanding engineering achievements. 

Jackson, the Albert Smith Jr. Professor and a nationally recognized tribology researcher, attributes the recognition to the research environment Auburn University has provided.

“Being named a fellow of a major engineering society like ASME is an honor to me as it recognizes the research done by myself and mentored students and my teaching that has made a contribution to the field of mechanical engineering,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s research focuses on wear, surface fatigue, surface engineering and friction. In 2018, he was named a fellow of the prestigious Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, a designation reserved only for engineers who have made significant impact on the field of tribology and lubrication. In 2021, he was awarded the Ralph Beard Memorial Academic Award by the National Lubricating Grease Institute, which is given to candidates who have contributed “valuable work in the technical development of greases, grease tests or the promotion of grease usage.” 

Khodadadi, Alumni Professor, has maintained an active research portfolio at Auburn University since 1987. An expert in fluid and thermal sciences, his research interests include phase change, solidification, mathematical modeling, porous media and experimental fluid dynamics.

“I am very honored to be named an ASME Fellow as it is an affirmation that my colleagues value my contributions,” Khodadadi said. “I look forward to continuing my research endeavors and collaboration efforts at Auburn University.” 

ASME is committed to setting the standard when promoting the art, science and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences across the globe.

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