Horstemeyer to be honored by two national organizations

January 17, 2013

STARKVILLE, Miss. –The spring semester will be twice as nice for one Bagley College of Engineering professor as two national organizations grant him elite status.

Mark F. Horstemeyer, a chair professor in mechanical and computation engineering, will join Mississippi State colleague James C. Newman, aerospace, in being recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Engineering Section at its annual meeting in February.

Horstemeyer will receive the same honor from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International at an April ceremony. These honors bring his total Fellow titles to four, an unprecedented accomplishment within the college. He earned Fellow status for ASM International in 2010 and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2006.

The rank of Fellow is the highest grade of membership available in many professional organizations. It is awarded to members who have made a significant impact to their respective fields.

“To be recognized at this level from these diverse societies is really a humbling honor for me. I had no idea of the impact and influence that I would have in the engineering community when I was getting my education as a student,” Horstemeyer said.

He added, “I think I understand what Isaac Newton meant when he said, ‘I am here today because I have stood on the shoulders of giants,’ because nobody receives these honors without the help of others. This testifies to greatness of my colleagues when I worked at Sandia Labs and to the great set of colleagues, students, and administrators at MSU who helped me realize these honors.”

Horstemeyer is Mississippi State’s Center for Advanced Vehicular System chair of computation solid mechanics and the center’s chief technical officer. In addition to his role as a mechanical engineering professor, he also serves as an adjunct professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department. He is also the founder and director of two companies that relate to predictive technology.

Since joining the BCoE faculty in 2002, Horstemeyer has been named a Giles professor, the highest faculty honor at the university, and earned the Ralph E. Powe Research Award, the university’s highest research award. He also earned the Teeter Award for Education from SAE International.

As a researcher, Horstemeyer is widely known for his work in microstructure-property multiscale modeling, which was summarized in his recent book, “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering for Metals.” His work includes more than $38 million in program development.

Prior to joining the university Horstemeyer worked at Sandia National Laboratories in California. He served as manager of its chemistry and materials process modeling department for a year before becoming manager of the fluid and thermal modeling department.

Horstemeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. He also holds a master’s in engineering mechanics from Ohio State University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS is an international organization dedicated to advancing the field by providing education and support to its members. With more than 3,200 members, engineering is one of the organization’s 24 specialized sections. The AAAS Council selects Fellows from an international pool of nominees. More information can be found at www.aaas.org.

The SAE International was established to advance the science of mobility and support those who study it. Its Fellows program was created in 1975. Each year the distinction is awarded to approximately 20 members who are nominated by their peers. More information about the organizations can be found at www.sae.org.

More information about the Bagley College of Engineering can be found at www.bagley.msstate.edu.