Texas Tech Researcher Named ASME Fellow

Valery Levitas, a professor in the Texas Tech University College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Approximately 2 percent of ASME members reach this distinction.

Levitas’ career spans thirty years. He is internationally recognized for his development of basic theories and material models as well as performing computational modeling for various material processes and engineering applications. Levitas has received a number of prestigious international awards, presented numerous keynote lectures and was listed in various "Who’s Who" books.

Named a Fellow in the category of Research and Development, Levitas’ nomination amply fits the criteria as outlined on the ASME Web site, by being generally accepted as having made noteworthy invention, discovery or advancement in the state of the art as evidenced by publication of widely accepted materials, by receipt of major patents, or by having products or processes in the marketplace.

Levitas earned his Master of Science with honors from Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Kiev, USSR; his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Institute for Superhard Materials, also in Kiev; a Doctor of Sciences from the Institute of Electronic Machinebuilding in Moscow and a Doctor-Engineer habilitation from the University of Hannover, Germany.

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CONTACT: Jeff Sammons, senior editor, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451 x243 or jeff.sammons@ttu.edu.