MAE faculty retirements

Posted: May 29, 2020

After almost 70 years of combined service to Ohio State, MAE professors Bharat Bhushan and Cheena Srinivasan have announced their retirement. Acknowledging their contributions, College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams commented: “Cheena and Bharat represent the very best of faculty leadership through their demonstrated skills in teaching, research and administration and their well-earned international recognition. They have contributed extraordinarily to the growth and success of MAE as it has evolved over the decades.”


Since 1991, professor Bhushan has been an Ohio Eminent Scholar and the Howard D. Winbigler Professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. His research interests include fundamental studies with a focus on scanning probe techniques in the interdisciplinary areas of bio/nanotribology, bio/nanomechanics and bio/nanomaterials characterization and applications to bio/nanotechnology, and biomimetics.   

During his time at Ohio State, Bhushan has been prolific in his publishing. He has published 10 scientific books, over 100 book chapters, and over 900 scientific papers. He has edited over 50 books and holds more than 25 U.S. and foreign patents. Professor Bhushan has become an internationally recognized researcher and is one of the top 1500 highly cited researchers in the world. 

Prof. Bhushan has been recognized with numerous awards, some of the most notable being the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for Senior Scientists, the Max Planck Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Foreign Scientists, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. He is 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.  Most recently, he was awarded the ASME May Hershey Award, presented for lifetime contributions to the field of tribology.

In addition to his technical work, professor Bhushan advised 28 PhD students and 43 masters students. 

Cheena Srinivasan has been a part of the Ohio State community for 40 years. For 12 years (2000-2012) he served as the Chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. 

Professor Srinivasan’s key contributions to the department include leading capital campaign efforts that led to the building of Scott Laboratory. He oversaw the merger of mechanical and nuclear engineering with aerospace engineering in 2010. And he was able to establish and sustain extensive relationships with department alumni networks. 

Srinivasan also served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering (1998-2000), and as Program Director for the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment Program at the National Science Foundation (1992-1994). He also helped advance MAE alumni relations as Faculty Director for Alumni Relations (2016-2018).

Many students and faculty in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering have benefitted from professor Srinivasan’s knowledge and experience. He will continue to engage in academic activities including teaching and researching as an Emeritus Faculty. 

"I wish them both the very best in the next stage of their lives and they can be confident that the investments they have made in MAE will continue to bring a return to future generations of faculty, staff and students." - Dean David B. Williams

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