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Small but mighty: Professor, students win 'best paper' award

Prof. Jinghong Fan with students Ross Stewart and Long He

Prof. Jinghong Fan with students Ross Stewart and Long He

Some of the best-known engineering graduate programs have thousands of students; the Kazuo Inamori School at Alfred University has fewer than 50. Yet it was an Alfred University mechanical engineering professor and his graduate students who received the Orr Best Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from the editorial board of the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (JMET) and the ASME-Materials Division.

Jinghong Fan, professor of mechanical engineering, and two of his graduate students, Long He and Ross Stewart, received the award for their article, “Concurrent and Hierarchical Multiscale Analysis for Layer-Thickness Effects of Nanoscale Coatings on Interfacial Stress and Fracture Behavior,” which was published earlier this year. 

The award will be presented at the ASME Annual Congress in Houston Nov. 9-15. Fan,  Long He and Stewart hve been invited to deliver a lecture and receive the award Nov. 14. The annual gathering attracts thousands of professionals in mechanical engineering.

“When you consider the relative size of our graduate engineering program, this achievement is remarkable,” said Doreen Edwards, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering. “It’s a tribute to the faculty, and to the uniqueness of our program and the facilities we have available for research, particularly in the area of materials. Whether our students are majoring in mechanical engineering, materials science, ceramic engineering, glass science engineering or biomedical materials engineering science, there is a strong emphasis in our programs on understanding materials and using materials to solve engineering problems.”

A member of the AU faculty since 2000, Fan completed his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied mechanics in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Cincinnati. He received a baccalaureate degree in design and manufacturing from the Department of Naval Architecture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and another degree in applied mathematics from Shanghai Fu Dun University.

Prior to coming to Alfred, Fan had been a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech, and had taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Cincinnati, and Chongqing University. He was also the director of the Laboratory on Constitutive Laws of Engineering Materials at Chongqing University.

Fan’s research interests include composite and smart materials; micro/macro scale analysis of the mechanics of materials; light-weight, cost effective alloys; non-linear finite element analysis; microstructure-based fatigue analysis; fracture and damage mechanics; and nonlinear continuum mechanics.

He is the author of a textbook, “Multiscale analysis on deformation and failure of materials,” released in December 2010 by John Wiley and Sons. The textbook is part of a series,  “Microsystems and Nanotechnology,” and is intended for undergraduate and graduate students.

Stewart, who is in the second year of his master’s program, is from North Granby, CT.

Long He completed her master’s degree and graduated in May 2012. She works at Corning Incorporated in Corning, NY.