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Dr. Pranesh Aswath Appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dr. Pranesh Aswath has been appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs of the College of Engineering, effective January 28, 2013. Dr. Aswath will oversee both M.S. and Ph.D. graduate affairs in the College and will collaborate with Dr. Lynn Peterson, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.

Dr. Pranesh AswathDr. Aswath is a Professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering (MSE), and until recently served as Associate Chair of the MSE Department. He is also a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Over the past 22 years, Dr. Aswath has been actively involved in all aspects of graduate and undergraduate education. He was one of the three faculty members who developed the curriculum and program for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in MSE at The University of Texas at Arlington. He also served as the graduate advisor of the MSE department for 13 years, a period during which the enrollment increased from approximately 15 students to over 70 students with over 50% of doctoral students. Over the last 6 years Dr. Aswath has served on the national Action in Education Committee, which is part of ASM International and ASM Education Foundation. As a committee member, Dr. Aswath has been responsible for the development of policy issues related to Materials Education and advising on educational priorities for the ASM Foundation. He has also served on several ASM subcommittees about educational issues. As a member of the US Chamber of Commerce - Texas division, Dr. Aswath has visited many universities in India as well as initiated collaborative educational ventures between U.S. and Indian universities. He has also visited Thailand and South Korea in order to initiate collaborative ventures between The University of Texas at Arlington and various overseas institutions.

Dr. Aswath's research expertise is in the field of synthesis, processing and characterization of ceramics, intermetallics and composites; oxidation and environmental degradation of materials; analytical electron microscopy, Auger spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy; bioceramics and biopolymers for biological applications; tribology, lubrication and wear; high performance lubricants for automotive and industrial applications; structural materials for civil structures; and mechanism of bone remodeling in necrosis and osteoporosis. Dr. Aswath has 14 patent applications/issued patents, and has published over 70 journal publications. He has garnered over $3 million in research funding as PI and Co-PI. As research advisor, he has graduated 14 Ph.D.s so far and currently supervised 4 doctoral students in his research group. He has graduated 31 M.S. thesis students and currently supervises 3 M.S. Students in his research group.