Researcher at UMass Amherst Named Outstanding Young Engineer

AMHERST, Mass. - Abhijit V. Deshmukh, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts, has been selected as a Milton C. Shaw Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of 1999 by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The award is presented to individuals, age 35 or younger, who demonstrate outstanding leadership in and specific contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering.

One of 11 nationwide recipients for the 1999 award, Deshmukh joined the UMass faculty in September 1998. His research focuses on complexity in manufacturing systems, multi-agent systems for manufacturing and design, and environmentally conscious manufacturing.

Deshmukh''s research has "immediate application," according to Corrado Poli, head of the mechanical and industrial engineering department. Deshmukh''s work on complexity in manufacturing systems was partially funded by a National Science Foundation grant and the results have been implemented by companies such as John Deere, Lockheed Martin, and Intel. His research on multi-agent systems is currently being funded by NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research; Cummins Engine Company based in Columbus, Ind., has already implemented his designs for environmentally friendly shipping containers.

Poli said that the award is a "great honor" both for Deshmukh and the College of Engineering. "Deshmukh has made significant contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering and will continue to do so in the future."

"SME is a well-respected organization," Deshmukh said, "and it''s good to be recognized by them." This May, Deshmukh will accept the award at the North American Manufacturing Research Conference in Berkeley, Calif. SME, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., is an international professional society dedicated to the manufacturing community. Founded in 1932, SME has 65,000 members in 70 countries.