IMECHE Stephenson Gold Medal awarded to Clemson researchers
Laine Mears, associate professor of automotive engineering, former Ph.D. student Wesley Salandro (now with BMW UK), and former postdoctoral researcher Cristina Bunget, were honored recently with the 2012 George Stephenson Gold Medal from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE), the leading mechanical engineering society of the United Kingdom. The medal is awarded annually to the author or authors of an original paper published by the Institution in the previous year.
The award was presented for their paper “A Thermal Approach to Determining Electroplastic Characteristics,” which had been published in the Journal of Engineering Manufacture last year. This paper described an analysis method for modeling softening behavior of lightweight metals under electric current flow. The process contributes to more flexible forming, joining and machining processes for lightweight vehicle manufacturing. For several years, Mears and his students have explored the electroplastic behavior of metals, and the design of electrically-assisted manufacturing processes for lightweight vehicle realization.
“We are really proud of Laine, Wesley and Cristina,” says Imtiaz Haque, chair of Clemson’s Automotive Engineering department. “This award is a testament to the quality of their work, and the importance of lightweighting to the global automotive industry.”
George Stephenson was a pioneer of English railways and served as the first President of IMECHE.