Achievements in mechanical engineering are worth the status of ASU professor at ASME


December 7, 2020

Being named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, is a distinction bestowed on only 3% of the organization’s more than 100,000 members. Now part of that small group is Leila Ladani, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

The honor bestowed by the ASME Past Presidents Committee recognizes Ladani’s achievements as an educator and researcher in mechanical engineering, as well as her contributions to ASME.

Her contributions to materials and manufacturing process engineering, as well as the education of her students, have earned Fulton Schools professor Leila Ladani great recognition from her professional peers. Photo by Erika Gronek / ASU
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Appointment to membership requires more than 10 years of membership in ASME and an equally long record of support for its mission and objectives.

Ladani joined ASME in 2005 and has since received the Women In Engineering Award from the Electronic and Photonics Packaging Division of ASME and has played key roles in several committees including as Chairman of the ASME Materials, Chair of the Electronic Materials Subdivision and Co-Chair of the Electronics and Photonics Packaging Subdivision of Emerging Technologies.

Ladani teaches at the School of Matter, Transportation and Energy Engineering, one of six Fulton schools, and previously directed the polytechnic. She now heads ASU’s Manufacturing Innovation Center, or MAGIC, which focuses on solving challenges in the manufacturing industry, generating and developing ideas for advancements in manufacturing and materials technologies, and training students to become industry leaders, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

She has worked in the fields of mechanical engineering and manufacturing for over 20 years and has gained international recognition for her contribution to the advancement of manufacturing. In addition, she edits the highly rated Elsevier research journal, Materials Science and Engineering: A.

Becoming a member of ASME is particularly important to her, said Ladani, “because we don’t have a lot of female engineers, especially in mechanical engineering. As a woman and colleague, you can inspire many young female engineers and working students to find a way in this field. “

Ladani is already seeing the productive influence of his most recent recognition.

“It gives me opportunities to contribute more effectively,” she said. “It’s an affirmation of your expertise and the importance of your research and it provides a broader platform for collaboration and impact. “

Ladani’s recently published book, “Additive Manufacturing of Metals: Materials, Processes, Tests, and Standards,” explores the potential of innovations in additive manufacturing technology to significantly change the operations of manufacturing industries – enabling devices and systems to be designed and built more efficiently. while saving energy in the process, among other benefits.

Ladani has contributed to these advancements – most recently through his work at ASU’s Additive Manufacturing Center – and has helped develop the next generation of professionals in the field through his teaching, both in the classroom and in the research lab. .

She and her team aspire to make breakthroughs in the development of advanced manufacturing processes to fabricate new materials designed specifically for precise high-tech applications including microelectronics, aerospace and biomedical applications.

Ladani intends to add national research projects to its activities, which would provide other ASU faculty members and students the opportunity to collaborate with leading engineers and scientists in other institutions. leading.

Long-time colleague and mentor, Professor Christine E. Hailey, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University, praises Ladani for “the ingenuity and drive” she has made. proof throughout his career.

Hailey says Ladani came to ASU primarily because of its culture, “which promotes innovation and access to education for all,” bringing with it the same energy, determination and resilience that it has always shown proof in the pursuit of its teaching and research objectives.

With her long and long list of contributions and achievements as an educator and leader in mechanics and manufacturing, Ladani can be expected to build on her track record of success, said her fellow engineer in mechanical Amir Faghri.

Faghri is Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Dean Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Connecticut, where Ladani spent three years in faculty.

He describes Ladani as “an exceptional inspirer, teacher and mentor with a deep intelligence and unwavering commitment to her work.”

He notes in particular that his work on modeling and simulating additive manufacturing processes has contributed to the adaptation of this new technology for several large companies.

Ladani is one of more than 3,000 ASME members who have achieved membership since the award was created in 1961, joining a roster that includes school teachers Fulton Aditi Chattopadhyay, Marc Mignolet, Hanqing Jiang, T. Agami Reddy and Thomas Sugar, as well as Professors Emeritus Joseph Davidson, Harold Nelson, Ramendra Roy, Jami Shah and Ronald So.