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K-State Today

May 11, 2016

Engineering professor named to professional society fellow status

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Liang-Wu Cai, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, has been named a 2016 fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, in recognition of his significant engineering achievements.

Those reaching fellow status must have 10 years or more active practice in the mechanical engineering field as well as 10 years active corporate membership in the society. Of its more than 100,000 members, only 3,439 have been selected as fellows.

Cai recently completed two, three-year terms as an associate editor for the society's Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, served as chair of its noise control and acoustics division, and has served as track chair and co-chair, as well as an organizer of various expositions and symposiums, for the professional organization. He also has authored a new textbook, "Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations," to be published jointly by the society's American Society of Mechanical Engineers Press and John Wiley & Sons in June 2016.

Joining the mechanical and nuclear engineering department at K-State in 2001, Cai received a university faculty development award in 2008. He holds a bachelor's degree in solid mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China, a master's degree in solid mechanics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.