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Dr. Asiabanpour Recognized for SME 2017 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award
SME selected four university professors to receive its 2017 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award. The advisors, who provide direct oversight to SME’s student chapters at universities throughout the country, offer their guidance and support to student chapter leaders to ensure their professional growth and the success of the chapter itself.
“This year’s four, award-winning faculty advisors are working diligently with our student members to assure they have a clear and successful career path into manufacturing,” said Michael Watson, LSME, chair of SME’s Student Relations Committee. “This recognition, and its award, offer the additional tools needed to help them bridge the gap between academics and industry.”
2017 Distinguished Faculty Advisors:
- Neil Littell, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
- Bahram Asiabanpour, PhD, CMfgE, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
- Reza Ghodsi, PhD, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut
- Yalcin Ertekin, PhD, CMfgE, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Zaid Almusaied Joins The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Zaid Almusaied, PhD student in MSEC program and RPD researcher, joined the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Membership in this society is by invitation only, by an established campus chapter, and is restricted to students with integrity and high ethical standards and who are ranked scholastically in the top of their class, regardless of field of study: the top 7.5 percent of second-semester university juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.
Zaid Almusaied Joins The Golden Key International Honour Society
Zaid Almusaied, PhD student in MSEC program and RPD researcher, joined the Golden Key International Honour Society. Membership into Golden Key is offered to undergraduate and graduate students recognized to be among the top 15% of their class by GPA.
Four RPD students featured in REU SURE video
Four students (Riley Horner, Kyle Davidson, Katherine Casey, Mohamed Sghari) under Dr. Asiabanpour supervision featured in REU SURE video, Summer 2017.
Dr. Asiabanpour featured in inaugural issue of Engaging Research
Dr. Asiabanpour featured as one of four faculty in inaugural issue of Engaging Research who all have been successful in developing research programs that have great impact and share some advice and lessons learned about how to develop a meaningful research agenda.
RPD student teams won three awards in three conferences
- Award: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference 2017 People's Choice Award: Kyle August (presenter), Michelle Mata, Celina Gonzalez, for the work "Factors That Affect Surface Temperature in Peltier Devices," 2017.
- Best Poster Award:Texas State Undergraduate Research conference 2017: Marcus Mitchel, Smauel Medicino, Zaid Almusaied, for the work: Thermo-acoustic Refrigeration System.
- Award / Honor Recipient: undergraduate student (Nicholas Hawkes) won Texas State Undergraduate Research Conference 2016 best poster award for the NASA Space Box project.
Dr. Asiabanpour Named IJRapidM Editor-In-Chief
Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour, Manufacturing Engineering faculty of the Ingram School of Engineering, has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (IJRapidM).
Founded in 2009, IJRapidM addresses the advancement of Rapid Response to Manufacturing, especially engineering design and rapid manufacturing in an integrated form. IJRapidM currently has 35 reputable editorial members from prominent international institutions and universities. It is a peer-reviewed journal by the Inderscience Publishers, an academic publisher since 1979.
Students Shine at NASA Design Challenge Showcase by winning three top awards
Manufacturing Engineering "TX STATE MARS DRILLERS" team from the Ingram School of Engineering shined at the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design challenge 2014 showcase. Their excellent performance led to winning the top overall design team, best model, and best poster awards!
Team members included Bryan R. Avila (team leader), Timothy Hartline, Patrick Stalnaker, and Dillon Sterling.
The project included developing and demonstrating a concept for a fully robotic drill capable of reaching at least 20 meters in depth on the planet Mars that would also allow for cutting of cylindrical samples.
“I am especially proud of this team. I have been doing this for a number of years, and this is one of the best, if not the best, team that I have ever mentored. I was truly impressed.” said Dr. Humboldt C. Mandell, from the University of Texas Center for Space Research and NASA-TSGC mentor for the team.
“Anytime our students have participated in a regional or national level competition, they have had great performance. And it is not an accidental performance in a lucky day. It reflects the quality of educations in our programs that are provided to these students.” said Dr. Asiabanpour, advisor for the team and manufacturing engineering senior design course instructor
Dr. Asiabanpour receives faculty award from SME
Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour, an associate professor in Texas State University’s Ingram School of Engineering, has received the inaugural Faculty Advisor Professional Development Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Asiabanpour, a faculty advisor for the student chapter of SME at Texas State, received an award of $1,000 to be used in support of professional development.
The SME Student Relations Committee created the award “to recognize educators committed to the next generation of manufacturing professionals,” according to a press release. Faculty members receiving the award serve as advisors to SME and SME student chapters at their universities. This is the first year the award has been given.
“We’re pleased to recognize these dedicated faculty advisors who are committed to their students,” said Raju Dandu of Kansas State University-Salina, chair of the SME Student Relations Committee. “Each of this year’s awardees has indicated that their winnings will be shared with their students through the acquisition of more tools and hands-on experience to assist them in the real world.”
RPD center project featured in KXAN Austin news
Four students in Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour's MFGE4363 class are "building" their senior design project around the special needs of the physically challenged. The project sponsor is retired Air Force captain, Christopher Stanford; he is also a disabled veteran. Stanford has a degree in biomedical engineering and is designing a special platform that allows wheelchair users access to exercise. The Ingram School of Engineering student project team is comprised of Jephte Medois, Jon Lightfield, Aaron Sosa, and Justin Henry. KXAN-Austin recently covered their story as a feature for Veteran's Day (more).
Student team won SME international competition award
Undergraduate team that won: Second Place. "Toyota production Line Fixture Design," SME International Competition (2012). Student(s): Ralph Schultz, Hector Avila, Megan Taylor, Esmer Trevino
Dr. Asiabanpour received CMfgE in Automation and Control title from SME
2010: Dr. Asiabanpour was recognized as the Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). This certification was granted “through education, experience and demonstrated ability” (a technical exam consists of 130 questions in a three-hour time period).