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Ryszard Jan Pryputniewicz

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • K.G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics (CHSLT)
  • Director, Center for NanoEngineering, Science, and Technology (NEST)

Ryszard J. (Rich) Pryputniewicz, educated both in Poland and in the United States, is the K. G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering as well as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and, since 1978, founding Director of the Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics (CHSLT) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA; he is also founding Director of the NanoEngineering, Science, and Technology (NEST) Program at the Mechanical Engineering Department of WPI.  Prior to joining WPI in 1978, Rich was a member of faculty and Director of the Laser Research Laboratory at the School of Engineering and the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Connecticut (6 years) and a member of technical staff in the aerospace industry (4 years).  His current research and teaching interests concentrate on theoretical and applied aspects of MEMS, smart sensors and structures and, in particular, nanotechnology, lasers, noninvasive metrology with nanometer accuracy on sub-micron scale, and nondestructive testing (NDT) based on photonic methods with emphasis on heat transfer, thermal management, and design optimization.  In this work, he emphasizes unification of analytical, computational, and experimental solutions (ACES) methodology, which he pioneered, especially when it can be merged to provide results where none would be obtained otherwise, to ease the solution procedure, or to attain improvements in the results.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA), Fellow of IBH (International Brotherhood of Holographers), Fellow of SPIE, Fellow of SEM, Fellow of ASME, Senior Member of IEEE, chairman of the Development Committee of the MEMS Division of ASME, President of SEM, and chairman of the Education Committee of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.  He has over 400 publications and has chaired, co-chaired, and organized over 100 conferences, symposia, and workshops on the state-of-the-art (SOTA) and emerging technologies (ET) for various sponsors and professional societies.  In recognition of his achievements, Rich was appointed as a professor in several countries in Europe and Asia and has received numerous awards including the Teetor National Educational Award from SAE in 1980, the 1991 Award from WPI Board of Trustees for Outstanding Creative Scholarship, the Advisor of the Year Award in 1997, the 2002 ASME International Award for outstanding contributions to the area of the application of engineering mechanics to electronic and photonic packaging, the 2004 Sigma Xi Senior Faculty Research Award, the Anchor Award from University of Hartford in 2007, as well as the outstanding  achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics Frocht Award and the Murray Medal from the Society for Experimental Mechanics in 2008.

Research Interests

  • Teetor National Educational Award from SAE in 1980
  • 1991 Award from WPI Board of Trustees for Outstanding Creative Scholarship
  • 1997 Advisor of the Year Award
  • 2002 ASME International Award for outstanding contributions to the area of the application of engineering mechanics to electronic and photonic packaging
  • 2004 Sigma Xi Senior Faculty Research Award
  • Anchor Award from University of Hartford in 2007
  • Frocht Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) for the outstanding  achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics in 2008
  • Murray Medal for the SEM prestige lecture in 2008

Education

  • BS, University of Hartford, 1972
  • MS, University of Connecticut, 1974
  • PhD, University of Connecticut, 1976

Featured Publications

  • R. J. Pryputniewicz, “Holography,” Ch. 24 in Handbook of experimental mechanics (state of the art advances), W. Sharpe, Jr., Editor-in-chief, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 675-699, 2008.
  • A. R. Klempner, R. T. Marinis, P. Hefti, and R. J. Pryputniewicz, “Experimental determination of the Q-factors of microcantilevers coated with thin metal films,” Strain 43:295-300, 2009.
  • M. Y. Feng, P. Y. Kwok, D. R. Pryputniewicz, R. Marinis, and R. J. Pryputniewicz, “Dynamic analysis to confirm lead failure of a 352-pin CQFP under shock,” Proc. IMCE2009 – Internat. Mech. Eng. Conf. and Exposition, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 2009.
  • R. J. Pryputniewicz, “Recent advances in microdevices for transportation industry”, Opt. Eng., 50(10), 2011.
  • R. J. Pryputniewicz, “Current trends and future directions in MEMS”, Exp. Mech., 52(3):289-303, 2012.

Labs and Centers

  • Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics (CHSLT)

Professional Highlights

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship (1991)
  • Best Paper of the Year, ASME Transactions, co-authored with T. Nowak (1992)
  • Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (1992)
  • Elected to the Membership of the International Brotherhood for the Advancement of Holographic Studies (1993)
  • European Double Swords Award for development of cutting edge photonic technologies (1994)
  • Dennis Gabor International Award for pioneering and continuing developments in research and education relating to photomechanics (1995)
 
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