Haijun Su elected Fellow of ASME
In honor of his outstanding engineering achievements for more than 20 years, Haijun Su was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Su, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is one of only 3,455 Fellows out of the organization’s total 101,035 members.
“By continuing to honor our members by elevating them to the grade of Fellow, we ensure ASME’s commitment to its vision to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for solutions that benefit humankind,” said Thomas G. Louglin, executive director of ASME.
Su’s groundbreaking research focuses on mechanism design theory, robotics, nanotechnology, computational modeling and simulations. His compliant mechanism and kinematics theory research lends itself to a multitude of applications, including human-safe co-robots, nanorobots, precision machinery, medical drug delivery, and automotive automation. As a trailblazer in the field, Su directs the university’s Design Innovation and Simulation Laboratory. Under his leadership, undergraduate and graduate students explore mechanism science, virtual reality simulation, and the design and manufacturing of mechanical systems in the lab.
His innovative work in the interdisciplinary field of human-safe robots and DNA origami mechanisms has earned him numerous research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), including a $977,000 grant to develop Shape Morphing Arm Robotic (SMART) manipulators. This project will lead to safer human-robot interactions and higher performance within the automotive manufacturing industry. In 2009, Su used an NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award to develop a theoretical framework for the conceptual design of compliant systems. As an expert in the area of compliant mechanism design, Su has received two best paper awards from the ASME Design Engineering Division’s Mechanisms and Robotics Committee. In 2010, the committee named him the recipient of that year’s Freudenstein / General Motors Young Investigator Award.
For more than 12 years, Su has served as a leader within ASME. He is currently an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, an elected member of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee, and was conference chair of the 40th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2016. He also serves as an associate editor for Mechanisms and Machine Theory.
“It is truly an honor for me to receive this recognition, and I am very grateful to my nominator and sponsors for their consistent support in the past years,” said Su. “This honor recognizes our yearly efforts and contributions to the research field. And, I would like to share it with my students and collaborators. It is their research that won this excellent recognition.”
Su has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conference proceedings. He was honored in 2015 with the College of Engineering’s Lumley Research Award, in recognition of his significant research contributions and productivity.
He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, kinematics and mechanisms from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.