Darbha, Petersen named Fellows by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Dr. Swaroop DarbhaMechanical engineering professors Dr. Swaroop Darbha and Dr. Eric L. Petersen have each been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).The Fellow grade is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME. Fellowship is conferred upon a member with at least 10 years of active engineering practice and who has made significant contributions to the profession. Darbha and Petersen are just two of only 2,989 Fellows out of 80,488 ASME members.Darbha's research in intelligent transportation systems (ITS), unmanned vehicles and control theory is recognized internationally.A Texas A&M faculty member since 1997, Darbha is an associate editor of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, IEEE Transactions on ITS, and Differential Equations and Nonlinear Mechanics. He has published approximately 100 papers in dynamic systems and controls and he has received three teaching excellence awards.Dr. Eric L. PetersenDarbha came to Texas A&M after serving as a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor's of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Berkeley.Petersen, who has been a member of ASME for more than 22 years, conducts research in the areas of propulsion, combustion, gas dynamics, chemical kinetics and experimental techniques within those topics.A Texas A&M faculty member since 2008, Petersen has contributed to the discipline as a member of industry as well as academia. He has received numerous awards over his career for engineering, research and teaching, including several Best Teacher Awards, an NSF Career Award, a NASA Group Achievement Award, and the Leland T. Jordan Career Development Professorship at A&M. Petersen is the author or co-author of more than 150 technical publications and has been the PI or Co-PI on numerous research projects.Petersen received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Central Florida.About ASME ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and world safety. For more information visit www.asme.org.