Mechanical engineering professor named ASME fellow


By Erin Cassidy Hendrick

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Paris von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

A prestigious accomplishment, this honor is conferred by the ASME Committee of Past Presidents on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by ASME members and existing fellows, an ASME member must have demonstrated 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME to earn this accolade.

In his 20 years of service to the engineering community, von Lockette has earned a strong reputation for his research in electromagnetically sensitive polymer matrix composites and structures. In that time, he has been awarded numerous grants from federal and state agencies and consulted for small and large businesses.

Von Lockette is currently pursuing technologies to support the development of a universal 3D printer, alongside Zoubeida Ounaies, associate head for administration in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, that is capable of printing materials with morphing properties to bring about an era where next-generation, complex electromechanical systems can be manufactured efficiently and inexpensively.

“This is an outstanding recognition for Paris that is well deserved,” Karen Thole, distinguished professor and mechanical engineering department head, said. “This speaks to both his research accomplishments and dedication to furthering the field of mechanical engineering.”


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