BY: Will Housley
Ismail Fidan, Tenneseee Tech University professor of manufacturing and industrial technology, is the recipient of the 2011 Brown-Henderson Award.
Fidan has brought in five National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $500,000 and Society of Manufacturing Engineers scholarship funds of more than $50,000 in the past seven years.
In his latest NSF project, "Art2STEM," Fidan works with the Pencil Foundation, Alignment Nashville and Adventure Science Center, where he creates and delivers a professional development series in advanced design and additive manufacturing technologies.
Additionally, Fidan has established a remote laboratory for rapid prototyping, which is availiable to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions and more than 50 out-of-state institutions.
Respected by students, Fidan has received high satisfaction ratings in his hands-on online and onground design and manufacturing courses. Fidan identifies himself as a "sharing is caring" instructor. He says he always tries to bring the best practices, cutting-edge trends, real-life problems, and latest developments into his courses so that his students learn the latest in design and manufacturing.
Fidan is a source of innovation and transformation. He knows the current trends in the job market and always tries to improve his students' marketability skills. In his courses, he strongly emphasizes the importance of teamwork, communication and real world problem solving. He has received a Quality Enrichment Plan grant every year since the QEP grant program was established five years ago.
Fidan has active responsibilities in Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He has been the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing for the past 11 years. He was the executive committee member of the 2010 ASME Engineering Systems Design and Analysis Conference, organizer of the 2009 NSF U.S.-Turkey Workshop on Rapid Technologies, and leader of the 2008 Rapid Prototyping Education Summit.
At TTU, Fidan is the faculty adviser of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers student chapter and an active faculty member of American Society of Engineering Education. Fidan's students are the recipients of 12 SME awards. He is the author, presenter and session organizer of numerious activities in ASEE annual conferences.
Fidan's teaching and research interests are in additive manufacturing, electronics packaging, knowledge-based systems, distance learning, and STEM education.
Fidan has authored three book chapters, 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 50 conference proceeding articles, and has one edited proceeding. He holds almost a dozen university, state and national awards, including the 2010 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2008 and 2006 Tennessee Board of Regents Innovation Awards, 2003 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award, and 2001 National Association of Industrial Technology Outstanding Professor Award. He also serves on the editorial board of many journals and publications. He frequently participates in the NSF's proposal merit review panels and serves as a proposal reviewer in various organizations like Hewlett-Packard and Sam Houston State University.
The Brown-Henderson Award honors outstanding performance in teaching and research or service and carries the names of TTU College of Engineering Dean Emeritus James Seay Brown and James Henderson, the college's first dean.