WPI Mechanical Engineering Professor Hamid Johari Named Fellow of ASME International

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WORCESTER, Mass. - June 27, 2003 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) mechanical engineering Professor Hamid Johari has been named a fellow of ASME International (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers). The fellow grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. It is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME. In the WPI community, Johari joins six other current professors in this distinction: Diran Apelian, Ronald Biederman, William Durgin, Allen Hoffman, Robert Norton and Joseph Rencis.

"This is quite an achievement for someone like Professor Johari, who I would consider a fairly young researcher and educator," notes Gretar Tryggvason, head of WPI's Mechanical Engineering Department. "In just over ten years, Professor Johari has made numerous contributions to his field, in addition to being an active figure within ASME. And, he has many productive years ahead of him to further distinguish himself."

Johari is known for his contributions in the area of diffusion and mixing in buoyant and unsteady flows, specifically unsteady jets. He holds two patents and is co-inventor of an acoustic method for direct circulation measurements. He has served as the chair of the ASME Worcester Section. He received the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1999 and the Russell M. Searle Teacher of the Year in Mechanical Engineering at WPI in 2000. He was also recently named an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Prior to joining WPI in 1989, Johari received his undergraduate degree in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.

About ASME International

ASME International is a 120,000-member organization focused on technical, educational and research issues. ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public welfare and safety.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.