Sudhakar M. Pandit, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, has been named one of nine new Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a professional society serving the manufacturing industry.
He joins SME's prestigious College of Fellows, created to honor members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of manufacturing.
One of Pandit's main contributions to the manufacturing industry has been development of a new methodology called data dependent systems and its applications to design and manufacturing. He has written two books and is author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers.
Others in the 2009 class of SME Fellows are David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor; Jerry Y.H. Fuh, professor of mechanical engineering, National University of Singapore; Chia-Hsiang Menq, professor and Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Mechanical Engineeering, The Ohio State University; Albert J. Shih, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, University of Michigan; David A. Stephenson, a research assistant at the University of Michigan; Albert J. Wavering III, acting deputy director of the National Institute of Standards & Technology; Kazuo Yamazaki, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, University of California, Davis; John C. Ziegert, professor of mechanical engineering and Timken Chair of Automotive Design & Development, Clemson University.