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Engineering Dean Named Association President

International Materials Engineering Organization Names UCR Dean to Presidential Post

Engineering College Dean Reza Abbaschian named president of ASM International

(September 23, 2005)

Reza Abbaschian

Reza Abbaschian

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Reza Abbaschian, the Dean of Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, has been named President of the nation’s largest materials association, ASM International.

He will be installed at the Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Monday, Sept. 26. ASM International and four other materials technology organizations are co-sponsoring the conference; more than 8,000 materials scientists and engineers are expected to attend.

Founded in 1913 in Detroit, to provide information exchange and professional interaction, ASM International has 40,000 members in nearly 100 countries. Formerly known at the American Society for Metals, the organization changed its name in the 1980s to reflect its inclusion of engineered materials beyond metals such as composites, plastics, ceramics and electronic materials, and its geographic expansion into countries outside the US.

Abbaschian has been a Fellow of ASM since 1992. As President he pledges to boost ongoing education opportunities through education for early, mid- and late career members, as well as training in new areas.

“A good example of this is the way we are able to quickly develop courses in materials and medical devices once we understood there was a gap in the available literature and training,” he said.

Abbaschian was chosen to lead Bourns College of Engineering after a national search, arriving on campus earlier this month. He formerly headed one of the largest materials departments in the nation at University of Florida. While he was Chairman, the department moved into the top ten ranking by US News & World Report for both undergraduate and graduate engineering education. He has more than 230 scientific publications, four patents, eight patents pending and has authored eight books.

The Bourns College of Engineering is comprised of four engineering departments and three research centers, with two new centers under development. Established in 1989, it is gaining national acclaim in fields such as environmental research, nanotechnology, and alternative fuels for vehicles. The National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health are among the agencies that sponsor the research of its professors.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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