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Mechanical engineering professor earns rank of ASME Fellow

Of the more than 140,000 members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, fewer than 4,000 have attained the rank of fellow. Sanjeev Khanna recently became one of those select few.

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Sanjeev Khanna, C.W. LaPierre Professor in the MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, was named a member of the latest class of ASME Fellows in December.

The C.W. LaPierre Professor in the MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department was named a member of the latest class of ASME Fellows in December, earning recognition for his outstanding achievements from the professional organization of which he’s been a member since 1998.

“It certainly means a lot to be recognized by a world body and international organization like ASME,” Khanna said. “It’s always good to have a good culmination to an effort. “It makes it easier to make more collaborations with people, having that designation..”

In order to be selected as an ASME Fellow, one must be an active member for more than 10 years and have at least 10 years of experience in the field. A prospective fellow must be nominated by a current fellow — in his case, James C. Dowell Professor Robert Tzou, receive three additional sponsor letters and submit a professional record to account for their accomplishments.

In the end, Khanna said it was his work educating future generations of mechanical engineers, his research with Ford Motor Company into the effect of residual stresses on fatigue behavior of spot-welded joints, and his patented research on transparent glass fiber reinforced polymer composites that were among the biggest reasons for his election.

The ASME statement read as follows: “Sanjeev Khanna has contributed immensely to engineering research and education and ASME service. His work on spot weld characterization, sponsored by [the National Science Foundation], Ford-Motor and Auto-Steel-Partnership, has contributed to better automobile structure design, and his research on fiber-reinforced polymer composites has resulted in a patent on transparent composites for windows to protect against natural and man-made hazards. He has shown leadership in innovative integration of new pedagogical approaches, e.g. problem based learning, in mechanical engineering curriculum both nationally and internationally and training students in energy efficiency. He is recipient of NSF-CAREER and South Dakota Governor’s Teaching with Technology awards, among others. Ph.D. (1992), University of Rhode Island.”

“They want to make sure you have made an impact on the profession, and that’s what it’s all about, I think,” Khanna said.

Additionally, Khanna has played an active role within ASME in the nearly two decades he’s been a member, including holding a variety of leadership positions such as chair of the Experimental Mechanics Technical Committee and the Applied Mechanics Education Committee. He currently serves as chair of the Emerging Technologies Track.

Being recognized as an esteemed member of his profession was thrilling, Khanna said, and that feeling was boosted by acknowledgement of his selection at a College of Engineering faculty meeting in December, where he was presented with his ASME Fellow plaque by Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

“It turned out to be rather special,” Khanna recalled. “At the end, the dean announced my name and asked if I could come down. That was a little bit of a surprise there. It was nice to receive it from the dean and in front of all your colleagues. It makes it a little more special than getting it in the mail.”