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Bhushan receives ASME award for lifetime achievement in tribology

Professor Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor and Director of Nanoprobe Lab for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics, has received the 2020 Mayo D. Hersey Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Bharat BhushanThe ASME Mayo D. Hersey Award was established in 1965. It is given in recognition of distinguished and continued contribution over a substantial period of time to the advancement of tribology, the science of friction, wear, lubrication, and related design aspects. The award is regarded as the highest honor in the field given by ASME.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award by the ASME,” said Bhushan.

For more than four decades Bhushan has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of tribology as a prolific author and internationally recognized expert at the micro-to-nano scales. He has authored 10 scientific books, more than 100 handbook chapters and more than 900 scientific papers. He also has edited 50-plus books and holds more than 25 U.S. and Foreign Patents. His research was listed as one of the Top Ten Science Stories of 2015 and he has received two semi-honorary and three honorary doctorates. Bhushan is also recognized as a pioneer of the tribology of magnetic storage devices, whose influence has extended to the interdisciplinary areas of biological and materials science. 

He has received more than two dozen awards for his contributions to science and technology from professional societies, industry, and U.S. government agencies, including the Life Achievement Tribology Award and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) Global Award. He is also the recipient of various international fellowships including the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for Senior Scientists, Max Planck Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Foreign Scientists, and Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. He is a fellow of ASME, IEEE, and the New York Academy of Sciences, and member of ASEE, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.

Bhushan was the Founding Chair of the Symposium on Tribology and Mechanics of Magnetic Storage Systems ASME/STLE Tribology Conference in 1984. He has served as a member of the ASME Research Committee on Tribology and Tribology Division Leadership Team. He served as a Member and Chair of the Technical Expositions Team (2015-16), Vice Chair (2016-17) and Chair (2017-19). Additionally, he led the effort to reinitiate the annual joint ASME/STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFT). In 2013-14, he served as ASME/AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, United States Congress, Washington, DC. He has served as an Expert Investigator on IP related issues in the U.S. and International Courts.

The formal presentation of the award will take place during the 2020 ASME/STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 8-11.