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WPI Professor is New ASME Fellow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/August 16, 2001
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass.- Joseph J. Rencis of Paxton, Mass., a professor of mechanical engineering and director of engineering mechanics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International. The highest elected grade of membership within the organization, Fellow recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Rencis joined the WPI faculty in 1985. His research interests are in the area of computational mechanics and focus on the formulation and development of boundary element and finite element methods for solving solid, heat and fluid mechanics problems. A native of Andover, N.J., he earned an A.A.S. and a B.S. in architectural and building construction technology at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, an M.S. in theoretical and applied mechanics at Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics at Case Western Reserve University.

He is a Fellow of the Wessex Institute of Great Britain, which recognizes leaders in the field of computation engineering and boundary element research, and is listed in Who's Who in Boundary Element Research, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in America. He currently serves as an associate editor for the international series Advances in Boundary Elements and is a member of the editorial board for the international journal Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements. He has also served as the national chair of the mechanics division for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

A nonprofit educational and technical organization with a worldwide membership of 125,000, ASME International was founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. One of the world's largest technical publishing operations, it holds 30 technical conferences and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets many industrial and manufacturing standards.

Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970, that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, the university is also the leader in globalizing technological education. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, most of WPI's academic departments offer master's and doctoral programs and support leading-edge research in a broad range of areas.