Great Valley engineering professor joins esteemed group of fellows

According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the distinction of Fellow recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Kathryn Jablokow, associate professor of mechanical engineering and STS (science, technology and society), recently received this high honor from the ASME, joining three of her colleagues in the engineering division, Phil Laplante, John McCool and David Russell, who have also earned this mark of respect from similar professional associations in their fields.

Some of Jablokow’s greatest professional accomplishments lie in her contributions to the field of problem solving. Since the inception of the problem solving initiative at Penn State Great Valley in 2003, Jablokow has personally developed four new graduate-level courses related to problem solving and its leadership, all of which are included in the master of engineering in systems engineering, as well as the new master of engineering management program. Jablokow also directs a problem-solving research group made up of current and former students, professors  and industry leaders who convene monthly to support industry and the community in solving complex problems.

To be elected, Jablokow was nominated by peers who currently hold the title of Fellow, and was then evaluated by a committee that includes past ASME presidents. Of the nearly 100,000 ASME members, only 2,882 are Fellows, and only 66 of those Fellows are females.

“I am honored and humbled to have received this recognition,” said Jablokow, who was elected for her contributions to both education and research.

“It is quite impressive that the Great Valley engineering division now has four professors who are Fellows,” added Division Head James Nemes. “The caliber of our faculty makes Penn State Great Valley a great place to work and study.”

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Last Updated April 27, 2009