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Professor Bharat Bhushan Received the Mayo D. Hersey Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for Lifetime Achievement in Tribology

     Professor Bharat BhushanProfessor Bharat Bhushan

Professor Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor and Director of Nanoprobe Lab for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics received the 2020 Mayo D. Hersey Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Hersey Award is given for lifetime distinguished contributions to the field of Tribology. It is the highest honor given in this field by the society. This award, presented annually since 1965 by the ASME, recognizes distinguished and continued contributions over a substantial period of time to the advancement of lubrication science and engineering.

     Dr. Bhushan received the award for “more than four decades of outstanding contributions to the advancement of tribology as a prolific author and internationally recognized expert at the micro-to-nano-scales; and as a pioneer of the tribology of magnetic storage devices, whose influence has extended to the interdisciplinary areas of biological and materials science”. Tribology includes the studies of friction, wear, lubrication phenomena and the application of such principles to mechanical design, product development, manufacturing processes and machine operation.

     Mayo D. Hersey was a legend in the field of tribology. Winning this prestigious international award named after him is truly a fitting recognition of Professor Bhushan’s outstanding contributions to the area of tribology”. He is an exceptional researcher, teacher, mentor, and a leader of the broader mechanical engineering and materials science community. He is a prolific author and is an internationally recognized expert. He has authored 10 scientific books, 100+ handbook chapters, and 900+ scientific papers. He also edited more than 50 books and holds more than 25 U.S. and Foreign Patents. He is a Highly Cited Researcher in materials science, biology, biochemistry, and cross-field category, and his h-index is 130+ with 80k+ citations. His research was listed as one of the Top Ten Science Stories of 2015. He has received two semi-honorary and three honorary doctorates. His biography has been listed in over two dozen Who's Who books including Who's Who in the World. He has received more than two dozen awards for his contributions to science and technology from professional societies, industry, and U.S. government agencies, including the Life Achievement Tribology Award and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) Global Award. He received NASA’s Certificate of Appreciation to recognize the critical tasks performed in support of President Reagan’s Commission investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident. He is also the recipient of various international fellowships including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for Senior Scientists, Max Planck Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Foreign Scientists, and Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. He is a foreign member of the International Academy of Engineering (Russia), Byelorussian Academy of Engineering and Technology and the Academy of Triboengineering of Ukraine, honorary member of the Society of Tribologists of Belarus and STLE, fellow of ASME, IEEE, and the New York Academy of Sciences, and member of ASEE, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.

     He was the Founding Chair of the Symposium on Tribology and Mechanics of Magnetic Storage Systems ASME/STLE Tribology Conference in 1984. He has contributed much to the leadership of the Tribology Division. He has served as a member of the ASME Research Committee on Tribology and Tribology Division Leadership Team. He served as a Member and Chair of the Technical Expositions Team (2015-16), Vice Chair (2016-17) and Chair (2017-19). Additionally, he led the effort to reinitiate the annual joint ASME/STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFT). In 2013-14, he served as ASME/AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, United States Congress, Washington, DC. He has served as an Expert Investigator on IP related issues in the U.S. and International Courts.

     “I am deeply honored to receive this award by the ASME,” said Bharat Bhushan. The formal presentation of the award will take place during the 2020 ASME/STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on November 8-11, 2020.