Mechanical engineering professor named AAAS fellow

Erin Cassidy Hendrick
December 05, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named Asok Ray, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a fellow of their organization. 

The AAAS bestows this accomplishment upon individuals whose efforts to advance science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished. During Ray’s 45-year career, he has pioneered innovations in machine learning and real-time control of smart machines and autonomous systems and has popularized their usage in both defense and commercial applications.   

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Asok Ray, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State

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Particularly, he has made contributions in recent years to the fields of fault and anomaly detection and statistical pattern recognition for the robust and resilient control of safety-critical systems like aircraft and nuclear plants. 

Ray has also authored or co-authored more than 600 research publications, including more than 300 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, and was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 1994. 

“Being recognized in this way by the AAAS is a tremendous honor for Professor Ray and one that reflects his contributions to not only mechanical engineering, but the scientific community as a whole,” said Karen Thole, distinguished professor and mechanical engineering department head. 

The award was established in 1874 and is acknowledged with a certificate and a rosette. Ray will be presented with his award on Feb. 15, 2020 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

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Last Updated December 17, 2019