Four Mechanical Engineering faculty were recently elected as fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Professor and Chair Neil Duffie, Professors John Moskwa and John Uicker, and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz join the highest ranks of their profession. According to ASME, “The Fellow grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.”
Neil Duffie established a unique research program in control of manufacturing machines, processes and systems focused on highly distributed systems. He pioneered the use of non-hierarchial architectures for control, real-time scheduling, and distributed decision-making in flexible/fault-tolerant manufacturing systems and cells. He also is a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
John Moskwa founded the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory. His research in that lab, including high-bandwidth transient test systems and multivariable engine control, has shaped technology for engine control, testing and diagnostics.
John Uicker literally wrote the book on machines and mechanisms. His research has produced several software systems that benefit industry, including the Integrated Mechanics Program for simulation of rigid-body mechanical systems, geometric modeling software for collision simulation and computer-aided design techniques for improved manufacturing of metal casings.
Rolf Reitz, director of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Consortium, has been instrumental in developing engine design software that now is widely used in industry. His research of combustion and fuel-injection systems has facilitated manufacture of lower-emissions diesel engines: Reitz has received many awards for his contributions to the field.