WPI Professor Is Named Chair of National Mechanical Engineering Committee

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Mohammad Noori, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will serve as chair of the National Mechanical Engineering Department Heads Committee beginning June 21. The committee is the executive board of the national organization for mechanical engineering department heads, numbering more than 250 universities in the United States and more than 50 in Canada.

Noori's academic career spans more than 15 years. He received his Ph.D. in 1984 in structural mechanics with a concentration in mechanical vibrations from the University of Virginia. He has been named the endowed John Woodman Higgins Professor and is the founder of WPI's Center for Loss Prevention and Structural Integrity, a industry-academia research consortium. A promoter of engineering education through industry/university partnerships, he has developed several student project centers at industrial sites. He also has helped establish a collaboration between the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez and WPI. The relationship allows WPI to develop of joint research and educational programs with the largest Hispanic engineering school in the world.

A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics and the International Journal of Science and Technology, he has organized and chaired several international conferences and has served on many National Science Foundation panels. He has received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship and has delivered numerous international lectures and keynote speeches, including an address at a hearing on President Clinton's Commission on Critical Infrastructures.

A member of several technical committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers, he has been an active researcher. He has published widely in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, seismic isolation of secondary systems and smart structures and health monitoring of structural and mechanical systems. He is a recognized international expert in the field of earthquake research on the modeling of hysteretic systems and nonlinear random vibrations.

An advocate of the use of Auto-Adaptive Materials (AAM) for structural systems and Health Monitoring of Structures (HMS), he has participated in three U.S.-Japan workshops for the development of guidelines and platforms for research in these emerging fields. He recently has become a member of a special U.S.-Japan research team, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which aims to develop a program on the use of AAM and HMS for structural systems. Thanks to Noori, WPI is one of 13 university groups working on the five-year U.S.-Japanese research program, "Use of Advanced Technologies and Smart Materials for Seismic Control of Structures."

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.