Professional Society Recognizes Mechanical Engineering Professor for Teaching, Research Accomplishments

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Steven Tipton, the Frank W. Murphy Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering, has received a Fellow Award from ASM International, a materials information society, for his outstanding accomplishments in teaching and research.

Tipton will be presented the award at ASM’s Awards Banquet during its annual Materials Science & Technology conference this October in Pittsburgh. In selecting Tipton as an ASM Fellow, the organization cited his influence in research breakthroughs, nurturing of a new generation of scientists and engineers, and his contributions to advancements that have improved quality of life.

In addition to the ASM Fellow Award, Tipton is the holder of eight U.S. patents and has received numerous professional and teaching accolades including the Outstanding Engineering Award from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, Ralph Teeters Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Mortar Board Teacher of the Year award.

Tipton has been on TU’s faculty since 1984 and has acted as faculty advisor for a wide variety of award-winning student projects such as TU’s Supermileage team, which recently won the high-efficiency vehicle event’s Best Design Proposal award; a student group that designed an automatic can-crushing machine for disabled workers that earned the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers’ Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award; and a student-faculty based partnership with Zebco, a fishing reel manufacturer, that has yielded two student-led technology patents.