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Fidan receives Kinslow award for best published paper on 3D printing research for 2021

Tennessee Tech College of Engineering recently honored Ismail Fidan, Ph.D.,  professor in the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology program, with the 2020-2021 Kinslow Engineering Research Award for the best paper written and published in a refereed professional journal.

Dr. Fidan’s winning article was on research into additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – conducted through the Center for Manufacturing Research, which was established at Tech in 1985. His article on three-scale asymptotic homogenization of short fiber reinforced additively manufactured polymer composites, was published in Composites Part B: Engineering – An International Journal, volume 202, which was released August 2020.

“My students and I are honored to be the recipient of this prestigious research award,” said Fidan, who is also director of the iMakerSpace at Tech. “Additive manufacturing is growing in every aspect of life today. We are developing new tools and technologies to produce innovative solutions to advance this cutting-edge technology. Lately, one of our focuses has been on composite 3D printing using short fibers. The results in producing strong, good-quality dental and automotive parts have been promising!”

The Kinslow award is given in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Ray Kinslow, who taught at Tech for 32 years, and was head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics for 25 of those years. Winners of the award receive $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.

Tech has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its Best National University listing for the past four years, and in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs listing for a doctorate university for the past five years.

The College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech offers ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in basic engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, manufacturing and engineering technology, and mechanical engineering. At the graduate level, Tech offers both master’s degrees in the above disciplines and an engineering doctorate. 

Founded in 1915, the state’s only public technological university, Tennessee Tech offers degrees from eight academic schools and colleges to more than 10,000 students across its 282-acre campus. Its degree programs focus on Agriculture and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing.

College of Engineering Dean Joseph C Slater presents the Kinslow Award for 2021 plaque to Ismail Fidan for 2021

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