Engineering’s Bayazitoglu honored for distinctive contributions to her field

Yildiz Bayazitoglu, the Harry S. Cameron Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been doubly recognized for her distinctive contributions to engineering.

Yildiz Bayazitoglu


Bayazitoglu has received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2012 Achievement Award, its highest honor. The award is presented annually to a woman who has made an “outstanding contribution over a significant period of time in a field of engineering.”

She also was elected an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Honorary membership is the highest honor bestowed by the ASME Board of Governors, who wrote in their citation to Bayazitoglu: “For outstanding contributions in transforming fundamental research to engineering applications such as photo-thermal cancer therapy, space waste-heat recovery and nano-composite materials processing; for dedicated service to engineering societies; and for being an inspirational mentor to women and minority engineers.”

“Yildiz has extraordinary record of student mentorship and creative work in heat transfer,” said Andrew Meade, professor and chair of mechanical engineering and materials science. “These recognitions are well deserved and indicate the quality of our faculty at Rice.”

Bayazitoglu will be recognized at SWE’s awards banquet at the WE12 Conference in Houston Nov. 9. She will be formally inducted into ASME Nov. 12 during the Honors Assembly at the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Houston.





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