Two Penn State engineers named ASME fellows

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two Penn State engineering faculty members were recently named fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The faculty members are Mike Erdman, the Walter L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Development, and Soundar Kumara, the Allen E. Pearce/Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering.

Erdman was recognized for his leadership in the research and development of analytical and experimental methods in two-phase flow and heat transfer. He was instrumental in establishing a fundamentally based research program supporting reactor thermal-hydraulics in naval reactors, including leading the development of unique modeling fluid tests and instrumentation, as well as the development of new models and multi-dimensional computer simulation capabilities. His recognition also included his leadership in the engineering profession, including volunteer lectures on psychometrics and on resumes and interviews at both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Penn State.

Erdman holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics where he is the instructor of a senior-level design-and-build project management course.

Kumara was recognized for his pioneering work in modeling, analysis and control of intelligent, distributed agent-based manufacturing systems and logistics work. He was also lauded for his unique approach — integrating mathematics, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, advanced computing, statistical physics and operations research to solve problems in complex networks, product design and real-time monitoring of manufacturing and logistics systems.

Kumara has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1986 and holds appointments in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Last Updated May 15, 2013