Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Natalie Rudolph has received the 2015 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The award was given in recognition of her significant achievements and leadership in the field of manufacturing engineering as a young engineer. She is one of 11 recipients who will receive the award in 2015.
Rudolph was recently hired from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, University of Erlanger-Nuremberg, Germany, where she was the head of the Materials and Testing Division. At the institute she had established a research program on the effects of pressure and temperature on the properties of polymers during processing and co-authored the textbook Polymer Rheology used in industry and academia, activities that served as the basis for the award. Since 1980, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award has recognized manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.