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Dr. Randall German

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Ph.D., University of California, Davis       
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Powder Metallurgy, Sintering, Materials Processing, Ceramics


Professor German's research and teaching deal with the design and netshape fabrication of engineering materials via sintering techniques as used in powder metallurgy, cemented carbides, and ceramics. His appointments have included the following:


  • Assoc. Dean (2008-2013) and Professor (2008-on) Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University
  • CAVS Chaired Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University (2005-2008)
  • Brush Chair Professor in Materials and Director of the Center for Innovative Sintered Products, Pennsylvania State University (1991-2006)
  • Robert Hunt Professor of Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1980-1991)
  • Director of Research, J. M. Ney Co., Bloomfield, CT (1978-1980)
  • Director of R&D, Mott Metallurgical Corp., Farmington, CT (1977-1978)
  • Technical Staff Member, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA (1969-1977)
  • Materials Scientist, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, OH (1968-1969)

Rand obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis, following an MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an honor’s BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from San Jose State University. He has distinguished alumnus awards from all three schools. He completed the management science program at Hartford Graduate Center and intensive academic management program at Harvard.

He has an honorary doctorate from the University Carlos III de Madrid. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, American Powder Metallurgy Institute, and American Ceramic Society. His awards include the Tesla Medal, Nanyang Professorship, Japan Institute for Materials Research Lectureship, Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award and Premiere Research Award, Distinguished Research Award from the Japan Society for Powder Metallurgy, University of California at Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, The Ohio State University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, San Jose State University Award of Distinction, Technical Development Award from the Japan Institute of Metals, Honorary Member of Alpha Sigma Mu, Society of Automotive Engineers Teetor Award, Honorary Professorship at Northeast University of Technology, RPI Early Career Award, Geisler Young Metallurgist Award, Kuczynski Prize, and Samsonov Prize. He presents several invited presentations each year and serves as an editor or key reader for more than 20 journals. He held several director positions, including two terms with APMI, and served on the Fellows Awards Committee of two professional societies. He headed 19 chaired professor searches. Rand is currently on the board of directors of Allomet, Madrid Materials Institute (IMDEA), and serves on the Technical Advisory Board for Pangaea Ventures Funds I, II, and III. He has been involved in a dozen start-up companies; some now owned by major corporations. He served on three National Academy review boards.

Professor German has secured more than $59 million in research funding, supervised more than 100 theses and 100 postdoctoral fellows, published over 1000 articles, 24 patents, and 18 books, including the most cited publications in sintering and powder metallurgy Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials Processing (2005), Liquid Phase Sintering (1985), Sintering Theory and Practice (1996), and Injection Molding of Metals and Ceramics (1997). He edited 19 books and cochaired more than 30 conferences. His h-factor for publication citations is 52 with more than 19,000 citations and 1787 for his top publication. 


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Dr. German visiting Death Valley, California 

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, E-326

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1323