Robert L. Norton Is Honored with Searle Instructorship

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Robert L. Norton of Norfolk and Mattapoisett, Mass., professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been named the recipient of the Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering. The award, recommended by the Effective Teaching Committee of the mechanical engineering department, recognizes quality teaching. The appointment is for one year and includes a stipend for continued professional development.

Norton received a B.S. degree from Northeastern University in 1967 and an M.S. degree in engineering design from Tufts University in 1970. His research focuses on linkage and cam design, mechanical design and analysis, vibrations, dynamic signal analysis and computer-aided machine design.

He is the author of the text Design of Machinery, which is in its second edition, and Machine Design: An Integrated Approach (second edition in press). Design of Machinery is used in more than 100 engineering schools worldwide and has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Chinese. Machine Design: An Integrated Approach is used in more than 80 schools and has been translated into Korean.

He has produced computer programs entitled Dynacam, Engine, Fivebar, Fourbar, Matrix, Mohr, Sixbar and Slider. He has also written numerous book reviews and refereed journal articles, has presented his work at international professional conferences and has served as a reviewer for publications such as the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews and the IFTOMM Journal.

He has received the highest honors award from American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society Award, the J. F. Lincoln Foundation Competition Award, the John A. Curtis Outstanding Paper Award, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference Award, the Proctor & Gamble Best Paper Award and the ASEE CoEd Journal Merle Miller Award for Best Journal Article in 1986 and in 1992. Elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in1997, he has been listed in "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in Science and Engineering," "Who's Who in Engineering Education" and "Who's Who in the World" and others.

He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society of Sigma XI and Pi Tau Sigma. He has served as program chairman of the ASEE Computers in Education Division (CoEd), 1986-87 secretary-treasurer of the ASEE CoEd Division and 1988-90 president of the ASEE CoEd Division. He also serves as a consultant to several industrial companies.

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