The American Society for Engineering Education has announced that Panos Papalambros, the James B. Angell Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and chair of Integrative Systems + Design, is the recipient of the 2014 Ralph Coats Roe Award. The award, created in 1975, recognizes a mechanical engineering educator who has exhibited excellence in teaching for at least 10 years and has made a notable contribution to the profession.
Papalambros joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1979 after completing his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. His research and education interests include design science, optimization, and systems engineering, with a focus on integrating engineering with art, business, and psychology. He also researches hybrid and electric vehicle systems, product design and development, and architecture.
Sponsored by the ASEE Mechanical Engineering Division, the award was established to honor the memory of Ralph Coats Roe, cofounder of Burns and Roe, Inc. Roe held nearly 50 patents relating to improvements for power plants and air conditioning. He is recognized for his work in the design and construction of highly efficient power plants and advanced desalting processes.
Papalambros will receive a plaque and a $10,000 honorarium at the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference held in Indianapolis in June.