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Engineering Professor Receives Society’s Highest Award

December 1, 2005

University of Texas at Arlington Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Abdolhossein Haji-Sheikh received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Heat Transfer Memorial Award, which is bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through teaching, research, practice and design, or a combination of such activities. The award was presented during a ceremony at the Society’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November.

Each Heat Transfer Memorial Award is based on achievement through publications, patents or inventions, in an area of heat transfer or through the application of science or art of heat transfer. One award may be made annually in each of three categories: the science of heat transfer, the art of heat transfer, or the general subject of heat transfer. Dr. Haji-Sheikh was the recipient in the science category.

Professor Haji-Sheikh is a Fellow of the ASME and earlier received an Exemplary Service Award presented by the Society’s Journal of Heat Transfer. He has achieved pioneering work on many analytical methods in heat transfer, such as inverse heat conduction problems, ortho-normalization method and Monte Carlo, and developed a Galerkin-based Green's function solution method. He came to UTA in July 1966 and is a Charter Member of UTA’s Academy of Distinguished Scholars.

Currently an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, his editorial experience also includes co-editing Integral Methods in Science, Engineering volumes in 1985 and 1990, and serving as associate editor and guest editor for the Inverse Problems in Engineering Journal. Professor Haji-Sheikh is currently an editorial advisory board member for several technical journals and serves as an associate editor for the ASME’s Press Book Series in Electronic Packaging. He has also authored or co-authored chapters in several books.

Dr. Haji-Sheikh’s two sons were among those attended the award presentation: Michael Haji-Sheikh, who received his Ph.D. at UTA and is currently an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Northern Illinois University, and Ali Haji-Sheikh, a graduate of the University of Michigan, former place kicker in the National Football League, including Super Bowl XXII champions the Washington Redskins, and currently the general manager of the Fred Lavery auto dealership in Birmingham, Michigan. Also present were UTA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Dereje Agonafer and UTA alumnus Dr. Agwu George Nnanna, currently with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University - Calumet.