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Engineering Professors Receive National Recognition

Rand German and Eugene Olevsky were inducted as fellows into the American Ceramic Society.
Rand German (left) and Eugene Olevsky at the 113th annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society
Rand German (left) and Eugene Olevsky at the 113th annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society

Rand German and Eugene Olevsky, professors of mechanical engineering, were unanimously elected to fellowship status by their peers at the 113th annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society in Columbus, Ohio.

"It is a rare achievement that individuals are made fellows of a professional society. It is particularly impressive that two of our faculty have achieved this unique recognition at the same time. It not only shows the exemplary quality of these faculty members, but also recognizes the maturity of their research efforts,” said David Hayhurst, dean of the College of Engineering.

“We are all incredibly proud of these two outstanding academics and of the national recognition for their scholarly achievements.”

Powder technology

In the past, German and Olevsky have been recognized for their advancements in powder metallurgy and material sciences. German is the associate dean of the College of Engineering and Olevsky is the director of the Powder Technology Laboratory, which does research on sintering and powder metallurgy.

Powder technology is a pathway to many discoveries and useful inventions.

While powder technology has existed since the early 1930s, it wasn’t until the advent of new technology in the 1980s that engineers like German and Olevsky were able to take the practice of sintering to a whole new level.

The process of sintering consists of particles bonding at a temperature lower than melting point. Sintering is used to bond powdered particles such as ceramics, metallurgy, polymer or glass to produce porous and highly dimensional material with excellent productivity. This technology allows for production of items such as iPhone buttons, camera parts and orthodontic braces.

“Powder technology is a pathway to many discoveries and useful inventions,” Olevsky said.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a fellow of one of the oldest and most internationally recognized professional societies involved with material sciences and technology.”

Olevsky is best known for developing the Continuum Theory of Sintering. He has authored more than 300 scientific papers and has been the keynote speaker at various professional conferences.

"The American Ceramic Society has long been the focal point for the sintering community for conferences, publications and collaboration. Election to fellow status by my peers is a great honor, recognizing my sustained contributions to sintering practice, science and the education of engineers in this robust field,” German said.

German has been a pioneer in the field of engineering for more than 40 years. To date, he has authored 1,000 articles, 16 books and 24 patents. German’s book, “Sintering Theory and Practice,” is the single most cited publication in sintering.

Becoming a Fellow

Fellowship is often the highest grade of membership in most professional societies. To become a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, members must be at least 35 years old and been members of the society for five continuous years. Nomination for fellowship requires signatures from seven sponsors within the society.

Members of the American Ceramic Society are elevated to the honor of fellow due to outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences through broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology by achievement in the ceramic industry or by outstanding service to the society.

About the American Ceramic Society

The American Ceramic Society was founded more than 110 years ago with a mission to advance the study, understanding and use of ceramics and related materials for the benefit of society and its members.

Today, more than 9,500 scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, marketing and sales professionals from more than 70 countries are members of the American Ceramic Society.

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