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Distinguished Service Award for Richard E. DeVor

Richard E. DeVor

Richard E. DeVor
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As a mechanical and industrial engineering educator and manufacturing engineering researcher, Richard E. DeVor has advanced design and engineering manufacturing technology as well as many engineers.

A Wisconsin native, DeVor earned his BS, MS and PhD degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UW-Madison. Upon graduation he joined the mechanical and industrial engineering department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus where he has served with distinction for 26 years.

In 1974, DeVor was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. While on sabbatical leave in 1978, he served UW-Madison as a visiting associate professor. In 1984, he was made full professor at UIUC. He now holds a named professorship as Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He has earned eight teaching awards, and has advised or co-advised more than 50 MS students and 23 PhD students. He has written a widely used textbook and has published more than 90 journal articles and proceedings. In addition, DeVor is director of the National Science Foundation/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Machine Tool Agile Manufacturing Research Institute at UIUC. Also, he is the president of a tool and die and production machining company in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

He has held several important administrative positions in his department as well as leadership positions in ASME and NAMRI/SME. DeVor is a Fellow of both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Devor has generously supported COE by serving on the Mechanical Engineering Board of Visitors and by contributing to the mechanical engineering scholarship fund. His scholarly record clearly shows that teaching and research excellence can go hand in hand.

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