Argonne scientist Ali Erdemir named ASME fellow

By Jared SagoffJuly 20, 2010

Argonne Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The Fellow designation is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME. Fellowship is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice and who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Erdemir’s research interests include surface engineering, tribology, lubrication, superlubricity, nano-structured and nano-composite coatings, biomaterials, physical and chemical vapor deposition, surface texturing, surface analysis, diamond and diamondlike carbon films, engine tribology, invasive and implantable medical devices, nanolubrication and various manufacturing technologies such as metal-cutting and forming.

His contributions in these areas have resulted in several breakthrough discoveries and have had a significant positive impact on further understanding of the fundamental friction and wear mechanisms of numerous novel materials, coatings and lubricants, many of which are now used by industry.

He has more than 230 publications in archival journals, scientific books and handbooks, and currently holds nine patents. Erdemir has also received the R&D 100 Award four times and the Discovery Magazine Award.

He received his education at Istanbul Technical University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in materials engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.