Prof. Björn Kiefer elected “Fellow” of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
For more than 15 years, Prof. Björn Kiefer has been an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), one of the world’s largest engineering societies. His contribution has now been rewarded by his being named ‘Fellow’—an honor that has been bestowed on less than 20 engineers in Germany by the ASME since it was founded in 1880.
‘My close professional connection to research activities in the U.S. originates from my time as a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, near Houston,’ the engineer tells us. ‘Through many research collaborations, as well as my organizational involvement and committee work within ASME, I was able to maintain these fruitful relations. I feel particularly honored by the fact that this highest rank of membership requires nominations from several other ASME Fellows.’
Prof. Kiefer was given the award for both his multifaceted service to ASME as well as for promoting scientific exchange and for supporting the development of future leaders in the engineering sciences. For many years, he has been chairing symposia and student competitions for the ‘ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS)’. He also worked as guest editor for SMASIS-related special issues in the ‘Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures’ and served on several awards panels for ASME subcommittees.
While he became a student member of ASME during his time in graduate school, Prof. Kiefer has been a professional member since 2010. In 2011, he was elected member of the ‘Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Branch’ within the Aerospace Division. He currently serves on its executive committee as secretary of the branch.
In his research work at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Prof. Kiefer focuses on establishing methods for the characterization, modeling and simulation of modern engineering materials on the basis of computational continuum mechanics.
About the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Founded in 1880, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) currently has around 100,000 members in about 150 countries. It promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering via continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach.
During its history, the ASME has elected around 3500 Fellows, less than 10% of them working outside the U.S. or Canada.