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Jay Gunasekera

Early Retired Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Jay Gunasekera has been the chair of the department of Mechanical Engineering from 1991 to 2006. He came to the US in 1981 on his sabbatical leave from Australia as a Senior NRC/USAF associate and spent one year researching in metal forming and die design at the WPAFB. He joined Ohio University as an Associate Professor in 1983, and was promoted to full professor with tenure in 1985. He was made the first Moss Professor at Ohio University in 1987 for his significant contribution to research and development in CAD/CAM and manufacturing engineering area. He developed at least six new courses at the MS & PhD level in manufacturing processes, CAD, CAM and CIM, and attracted over $6 million in research funding. In 1990, he helped form the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), and served as its first director. During his time as department chair, both the undergraduate and graduate enrollments have increased significantly and two new labs (one for Senior Design & the other for Senior Lab & Research) were established, 2/3rd of the current ME faculty were hired and research funding increased from a few hundred thousand dollars to over two million dollars per year. Dr. Gunasekera has advised over 90 graduate students, many of who are now leaders in their respective fields. He has also served on another 60 thesis/dissertation committees.


Dr. Jay Gunasekera is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of metal forming and manufacturing. He has made significant fundamental contributions and pioneered discoveries in the design of streamlined extrusion dies, forging and heat treatment problems and ring rolling. He has undertaken research and consulting projects for the USAF, GE, Pratt & Whitney, GM, and a large number of forging companies. Dr. Gunasekera has published over 150 technical publications in refereed journals and conferences. He was awarded the highest doctorate (D.Sc.) Degree by the University of London in 1991 for his contribution in research and publications in the field of manufacturing engineering. He was made a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London, which is the highest honor conferred by that institution. He organized three International Conferences in Extrusion, Ring Rolling and the International Conference on Advances in Materials & Processing Technologies (AMPT 2006). He is a foundation Magnet School Professor (formerly Champion Professor in Forging) of the FIA (Forging Industry Association), Fellow of the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK. He is recognized in Who's Who in Engineering Education, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who's Who in American Education, The International Who's Who of Intellectuals, International Leaders in Achievement, The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, Men of Achievement, and Who's Who of Engineering Leader's of America.

Research Interests: metal forming and manufacturing, streamlined extrusion dies, forging and heat treatment problems and ring rolling