Gholamreza (Reza) J. Abbaschian
- MS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 1968
Gholamreza (Reza) J. Abbaschian (BS U Tehran, 1965, MS MTU MY 1968, PhD U Cal-Berkeley 1972). Dr. Abbaschian is currently the dean of UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering, Riverside, CA. Prior to his present position, he was the Vladimir A. Grodsky Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, where he served as the department chair from 1986 to 2005. He held visiting faculty positions at NASA-Huntsville, MIT, and the University of Illinois-Champaign. He served as chair of the Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, from 1972 to 1976.
Abbaschian is an accomplished researcher and innovator, with more than 230 scientific publications, four patents, eight patent disclosures, and eight books. He was the recipient of U Florida's Top Researcher or Research Achievements Award for eight consecutive years, the recipient of the 1998 Educator Award of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) for outstanding contributions in engineering education, the TMS 1999 Leadership Award, and the TMS Structural Material Division's 1999 Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award. He also received the 2003 Donald E. Marlowe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of "creative and distinguished administrative leadership in engineering and engineering technology education." He was elected a fellow of ASM International in 1992, a fellow of TMS in 2000, and a fellow of AAAS in 2006. He received the 2007 Distinguished Lifetime Award from Alpha Sigma Mu.
Dr. Abbaschian served as the president of ASM International in 2006 and was a director of TMS from 2000 to 2003. He was a member of the National Materials Advisory Board from 2006 to 2012 and has served as a trustee of the Federation of Materials Societies.
Dr. Abbaschian was inducted into the Academy of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Michigan Tech in 2000.