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Mechanical engineering professor named senior member of National Academy of Inventors

Bennett Leckrone and Colleen Carow | Mar 15, 2019
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From L to R: Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali with Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering Khairul Alam.Photo: Hannah Ruhoff; Copyright Ohio University Photography

Mechanical engineering professor named senior member of National Academy of Inventors

Bennett Leckrone and Colleen Carow | Mar 15, 2019
From L to R: Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali with Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering Khairul Alam.
From L to R: Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali with Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering Khairul Alam. Photo: Hannah Ruhoff; Copyright Ohio University Photography

A Russ College mechanical engineering faculty member has been inducted to the inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) senior members.

Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering Khairul Alam, one of 66 inventors from 37 institutions elected to inaugural class of NAI senior members, was honored by Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis, Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali, and others on Thursday evening at OHIO’s annual Inventors Dinner.

“Through his own inventions and his mentoring of students, Dr. Alam has made significant contributions to the field of engineering on an international scale,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “His innovative spirit and drive to improve the world provide a strong foundation of innovations upon which he and his students can continue to build and expand for the benefit of society.”

Greg Kremer, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Robe Professor, said Alam’s skill in bringing people together reaps many rewards.

“An important feature of Khairul's patent record is the collaboration that it demonstrates – he has worked with many different people to bring forth creative ideas in a range of fields,” Kremer said. “His ongoing presence as a collaborator and mentor for our early career faculty is of great benefit to the department and college.”   

NAI describes senior members as active faculty, scientists and administrators with success in patents, licensing and commercialization, who have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.

“I’m glad that I can represent Ohio University,” Alam said. “It’s always good to have some people from the university in the NAI. They know we’re active.”

Alam, who joined OHIO in 1983 and was named Moss Professor in 1997, served as director of the Russ College’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing for 16 years. His work includes the design of new electrostatic precipitators, devices that can remove pollutant particles from the exhaust of power plants. Co-editor of several engineering conference publications and a reviewer for many federal agencies and engineering journals, he has published more than 118 papers and reports, and two book chapters, in the areas of materials engineering, thermal engineering and particle science. He holds seven U.S. and 28 foreign patents, and is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Technology Transfer Office Director Bob Silva noted at the dinner that OHIO was a charter member of the NAI when the institute was formed.

“The people who are here tonight are very dedicated researchers,” Silva said. “Most of the people here are not first timers.”

In addition to Alam, several other Russ College faculty were recognized at the event, for their patents, including:

  • Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Chris Bartone, recognized for developing a wterrestrial positioning and timing system that allows GPS functionality from both satellite and ground-based stations.
  • Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless, recognized for creating a system that increases the rate at which gases dissolve into fluids.
  • Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Doug Goetz, recognized for work on new compounds used for prevention and treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Professor of EECS Avinash Karanth, recognized for a new patented design for Network on Chip (NoC) architecture, which was developed to improve communication in modern integrated circuits.
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jason Trembly, recognized for work on treatment techniques for wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing.

 

Bartone, who was recently named fellow by the Institute of Navigation, said the Inventors Dinner was just one of many ways the university helps support inventors – and that Russ College faculty are always recognized.

“There are a lot of innovative things that come out of the college,” Bartone said. “We’re always present here in some form or another.”

Andrea Gibson and Marissa McDaid contributed to this story.