Professor Naren Vira Named ASME Fellow

Mechanical Engineering Professor Naren Vira has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), after nomination by Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Nadir Yilmaz. Dr. Vira’s nomination was supported by ASME Fellows from within academia, industry and government positions. "The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by ASME Members and Fellows, an ASME Member has to have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME" (ASME).

Dr. Vira has been a dedicated member of ASME for 40 years. He has made significant contributions to his field with basic and applied research. Over the years, Dr. Vira has been granted upwards of seven million dollars in research funding from Army Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), IBM Corporation, General Motors and Westinghouse Corporation. The major thrust areas of Dr. Vira’s research have been robotics, manufacturing, CAD/CAM, image processing, advanced computer applications, programming, modeling and simulation, and instrumentation design and precision measurements. His outstanding record of grants is matched by many refereed publications and conference proceedings in prestigious journals and international conferences.

Dr. Vira holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University, an M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. from the University of Bombay, where he was chosen as valedictorian.

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