Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, US 80309-0427


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1996 - present    Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

1975 - 1996         Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1972 - 1975         Assist. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

1971 - 1972         Staff Scientist, Chase Brass and Copper Company, Cleveland, OH

1964 - 1965         Staff Engineer, Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd, London, England

1980                    Scientist, Rockwell Science Center, Thousand Oaks, CA


There are usually three or so visitors from international institutions to his laboratory who come here for extended stays to participate and collaborate in research.


  • 2017, Served as Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK)

  • 2011-2017, Distinguished Chair Professor at POSTECH, South Korea

  • 2015, Elected Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society – the highest honor conferred upon the Members of the Society

  • 2013, Edward C. Henry Best Paper Award, with J-C M’Peko, J.S.C. Francis, “Impedance Spectroscopy and Dielectric Properties of Flash versus Conventionally Sintered Yttria-Doped Zirconia Electroceramics viewed at the Microstructural Level”, American Ceramic Society.

  • 2011-2012, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship to Tokyo Tech, Japan

  • 2004, Aditya Birla Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering (an Honorary appointment), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

  • 1996, John Matthias Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • 1992, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Awardee, Max Planck Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1985, Guggenheim Fellow

  • 1964, John Mather and Mauder Howe Prizes from the University of Durham, England

  • 1961, Gold Medals in Chemistry and Mathematics, Allahabad University, India

National and International Service Activities

  • Conceptualized, Chaired, lobbied for participants and raised funds from ARO and ONR for an Engineering Conference International Conference on “Field Assisted and Flash Sintering” held in Tomar, Portugal, March 04-09, 2016.

  • Worked with Prof. Gurpreet Singh to enable a PIRE (Partners for International Research and Education Grant) grant from the NSF on Polymer-Derived Ceramic Fibers; a five year, $1M per year grant with participants from US, Germany, Italy, France, India and Japan. Start date: 01/01/2018.

  • Founding Organizer of Boulder International Workshops on Polymer Derived Ceramics: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2012, and 2014: laid the foundation for building a community in a fledging field of research.

  • Chair of the Materials Division of ASME, 2001-2002. Executive Committee 1997-2002.

  • Established a Dual Ph.D. program between Department of Materials and Industrial Engineering University of Trento, and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.