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Dapino receives top ASME honor

Marcelo DapinoMarcelo DapinoMarcelo Dapino, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been actively involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since he was a graduate student. Since becoming a faculty member at Ohio State, Dapino has held numerous leadership roles within the Aerospace Division of ASME.

Dapino was named the 2017 recipient of the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award. Dapino joins a prestigious list of past winners of this award, which was established by the Aerospace Division as a division-level award in 1993 and elevated to a Society Award in 2014.

The ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award recognizes Dapino’s “outstanding contributions to the sciences and technologies associated with smart materials, including undergraduate and graduate education, fundamental scholarly research, and the successful transition of academic research to industry applications.”

“Even though this award recognizes individual contributions made within the field of smart materials and structures, it would not have been possible without the effort, passion and dedication for smart materials by past and current members of my group,” said Dapino. “A recognition of this magnitude is a testament to the strength and visibility of the smart materials program at Ohio State.”

As the department’s inaugural Honda R&D Americas Designated Chair in Engineering, Dapino’s research is focused on all aspects of design, experimental characterization, modeling and implementation of smart materials, as well as manufacturing aspects of smart system integration through his role as director of the Smart Materials and Structures Lab and the Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing Center. Along with his advisees and collaborators, Dapino has published 100 archival journal articles, eight book chapters, 106 conference papers and has generated 10 patents and intellectual property disclosures.

In addition to the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award, Dapino has received multiple prestigious ASME recognitions. He is the first awardee of the ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, and has received multiple ASME “best paper” awards. In 2012, he was elected as an ASME Fellow, the organization’s highest membership grade.

The Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award will be presented to Dapino at the 2017 ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems on Sept. 18, in Snowbird, Utah. The award includes a vermeil medal and $2,000 honorarium.