Shukla appointed Simon Ostrach Professor at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 19, 2000 -- Arun Shukla, distinguished professor
of mechanical engineering at the University of Rhode Island, has been appointed
to a five-year term as the first Simon Ostrach Professor of Mechanical Engineering
at the University. The appointment recognizes Shukla's outstanding record
of achievement in research and teaching during his 19 years at URI.
A resident of Wakefield, Shukla is the director of the URI Dynamic
Photomechanics Lab, which uses high-speed cameras to study fracture mechanics,
composite materials and impact mechanics. His current research includes
the study of ballistic performance on body armor, the development of lightweight
concrete, and the mechanics of high-impact damage to granite and concrete.
"Professor Shukla is a proven leader in the field of mechanical
engineering, and an excellent researcher who has brought nearly $2 million
in research funding to URI," said Thomas Kim, dean of the URI College
of Engineering. "We are proud that he has been selected for this prestigious
Shukla is the author of more than 175 technical papers and three books
and is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the
Society for Experimental Mechanics. He is the technical editor of the International
Journal of Experimental Mechanics and the associate editor of Optics
and Lasers in Engineering. He has been recognized by URI four times
with awards for his teaching and academic excellence.
The Simon Ostrach Endowed Professorship is named for a 1944 graduate
of URI who recently retired as director of the National Center for Microgravity
Research on Fluids and Combustion at Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland, Ohio. Ostrach received the Distinguished Public Service Medal
from NASA and was inducted into the URI Engineering Hall of Fame. He was
awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from URI in 1995.
"We are extremely grateful for Dr. Ostrach's generosity and support,"
noted Paul Witham, URI's associate vice president of development. "His
endowed professorship is one of several designed to attract and retain top
notch educators and scholars at the University."
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