Fadi Abu-Farha of Clemson University won four awards in two months, underscoring he is a top educator and among the world’s best researchers in his field, officials said.

Fadi Abu-Farha has won multiple awards.

Fadi Abu-Farha has won multiple awards.

Fadi is an assistant professor in Clemson’s Department of Automotive Engineering, which is part of the College of Engineering and Science and on the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research campus.

He became the third faculty member in the department’s 10-year history to receive the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award recognizes and honors young educators who prepare engineers to meet the challenges that face society.

Three other awards came from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). They are the Light Metals Division Award, the Light Metals Subject Award-Aluminum Alloys and the Young Professional Poster Award. Awards were announced at the 2016 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition, the society’s largest annual technical gathering.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers,” Fadi said. “Many Thanks to all those who nominated and selected me, and thank you to SAE and TMS for sponsoring the awards. I’d like to acknowledge and also congratulate my Ph.D. student Nan Zhang. We co-authored the paper recognized as the best publication by the Light Metals Division. This paper was Nan’s first ever publication at TMS, so I am very proud of him!”

Zoran Filipi, chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering, congratulated Fadi on the awards.

“These are outstanding achievements,” Filipi said. “Fadi is raising the bar for all of us. The awards are a testament to his dedication and hard work and confirm he is one of the top researchers and educators in his field.”

Fadi’s prime area of research is lightweight metals and their manufacturing. He works on finding new ways to use lightweight materials in the transportation sector, and contribute to reaching ambitious fuel economy goals set by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations for 2025.

Fadi has a history of collaborative research with original equipment manufacturers and Tier-1 suppliers. The focus of his research has been on sheet metal forming and the joining of advanced high-strength steels, aluminium, titanium and magnesium alloys.

Two other Clemson automotive engineering faculty members previously won the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Laine Mears took the prize in 2011, and Beshah Ayalew won in 2014.

The award is open to engineering educators with more than three but less than 10 years of full-time faculty experience. It comes from SAE International, which describes itself as a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession.

Award winners attend the SAE World Congress & Exposition in Detroit or the SAE AeroTech meeting held every year. They are invited to attend SAE technical committee meetings, take part in visits to industrial and research facilities, and an awards ceremony.

The objective of the Teetor program is to provide an engineering atmosphere in which teachers can meet and exchange views with practicing engineers, according to SAE.

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said the string of awards is a remarkable achievement.

“Fadi has been recognized by his peers for exceptional work,” Gramopadhye said. “I’d like to congratulate him. He is setting a stellar example for his students and helping elevate Clemson’s international reputation for excellence in research.”

Fadi received his TMS awards at a conference of the society’s Light Metals Division in Tennessee. TMS describes itself as a professional organization that encompasses the range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.

The Light Metals Subject Award came as a result of a paper Abu-Farha wrote with his  Zhang, “Characterizing and Modeling the Deformation of AA5182 for Hot Blank – Cold Die (HB-CD) Stamping.”

The Light Metals Division Young Professional Poster Award was given to the poster “DIC In-Situ of Tensile Deformation and Synchrotron Diffraction for the Accurate Investigation of Austenite-to-Martensite Transformation in AHSSs”, which was the result of a collaboration between Clemson University, the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), Argonne National Lab – Advanced Photon Source (ANL-APS) and General Motors Research and Development (GM-R&D).


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