Inside Iowa State
Feb. 6, 1998
Warren DeVries, professor and chair of the mechanical engineering department, was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International. This honor is bestowed upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice and significant contributions to the field. DeVries, who authored two textbooks, has conducted extensive research in mechanistic modeling of machining for adaptive control, modeling abrasive process and design and analysis methods for fixture design. DeVries serves as senior vice president of ASME's Council on Engineering.
Hector Avalos, assistant professor of religious studies, has been appointed co-editor of the recently founded Journal for the Critical Study of Religion, Ethics and Society. The journal is published by the Centre for Inquiry at Oxford University, England, and will examine various religious topics from a cross-cultural and secular perspective.
L.K. Doraiswamy, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, was elected fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences. The honor recognizes Doraiswamy's contribution to science and its development in the Third World. Doraiswamy teaches and researches both theoretical and experimental studies in the areas of catalytic reactions and reactors, modeling noncatalytic reactions and a chemical reaction engineering approach to crystallization.
A year-end evaluation of Iowa State's VISION 2020 project received an "Excellence in the Field of Educational Research and Evaluation" award from the Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Assn. The 300-page report included information on accountability, effectiveness and project impact, and was conducted by post-doctoral resident Nancy Maushak, graduate student Kristen Wright and professor Michael Simonson in the College of Education.
Student advising award
Greg Luecke, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a faculty adviser award from the International Engineering Society for Advancing Mobility on Land, Sea, Air and Space. Luecke received the award for his four years of service as an adviser and his dedication to promoting SAE student activities. He is known worldwide for his development of haptic devices used to interact with virtual reality environments.
The American Physical Society elected David Jiles, professor of electrical and computer engineering and materials science and engineering, and a senior physicist at Ames Lab, a fellow. He was cited for "contributions to the understanding of ferromagnetic hysteresis and related magnetic phenomena." His work has appeared in more than 250 publications and two books.
Todd Zdorkowski, coordinator of the Office of Research and Technology Application at Ames Lab and a tech transfer associate for CATD (Center for Advanced Technology Development), was elected to the executive board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium. He will serve one year in an at-large position. The consortium consists of more than 600 of the largest federal research labs and centers.
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