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5/12/11 - Engineering research leader again honored for career work

A Mississippi State professor who leads the university's computational solid mechanics research program now holds the highest honor in another international professional society.

Mark F. Horstemeyer, a team leader for the Bagley College of Engineering's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, recently was bestowed the rank of Fellow by ASM International, previously the American Society of Metals. (

This marks his second recognition from a major organization. In 2006, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers also designated him a Fellow. Other recent honors include selection as one of MSU's William L. Giles Distinguished Professors and the 2011 International Journal of Plasticity Young Research Award.

With offices near Cleveland, Ohio, ASMI represents the materials science and engineering profession. With 36,000 members worldwide, it works to provide authoritative information and knowledge on materials and processes, from the structural to the nanoscale.

The first person from Mississippi to receive with the ASMI honor, Horstemeyer called the honor a humbling experience. He said he considers the recognition as a larger reflection on researchers at MSU.

"It speaks about the recognized excellent progress that CAVS is making at Mississippi State University, because my successes are truly not mine alone," Horstemeyer said. "If it were not for the support staff and faculty who work at CAVS, I could in no way receive such an honor."

ASM International Fellows are nominated and selected based on the member's sustained high-level of performance; innovative ability to solve problems in the field; ability to develop and direct research; and publication of papers, articles and books.

Horstemeyer's research includes multi-scale modeling and other predictive design technologies. He has been involved in more than $23.5 million in research program development.

A faculty member at MSU since 2002, he also has received a Ralph E. Powe Research Award, Mississippi State's highest honor for research, and the Teeter Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering.

Horstemeyer earlier worked more than a decade as an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in California. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University, a master's in engineering mechanics from Ohio State University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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ROBBIE S. WARD | University Relations

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