New mechanical engineering department head named

PolycarpouDr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has announced that Dr. Andreas Polycarpou has been appointed head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Polycarpou will hold the Meinhard J Kotzebue '14 Professorship in Mechanical Engineering when he joins the faculty Dec. 1.

He previously was the W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also was professor and founding chair of the mechanical engineering department at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates.

His research group studies micro- and nanotribology of magnetic head disk interfaces and microelectromechanical systems. Recent emphasis has been on the tribology of devices for reduced energy and improved environmental-related impact, such as the use of CO2 as a natural refrigerant and the use of surface treatments towards oil-less machine operation.

Polycarpou has won numerous national and international awards in recognition of his scholarly contributions. He is also an associate editor for theASME Journal of Tribologyand serves on several editorial boards.