Purdue News

March 8, 2006

Professor elected fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers

Gordon Pennock
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gordon R. Pennock, an associate professor of mechanical

engineering at Purdue University, has been selected as a fellow of a leading engineering society.

He will be inducted as a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers during the 2006 SAE World Congress in Detroit on April 3-4.

Pennock will be one of 32 fellows elected into the society. The fellow committee selected Pennock for his contributions to mechanical design, primarily in the areas of kinematics and dynamics of machinery. His research interests are in the synthesis and analysis of spatial mechanisms and robotics.

"This award is very special to me since my peers are recognizing me for my contribution to

mechanical engineering," Pennock said. "It is a great honor to be acknowledged for the research that I have conducted in machine design over the past 25 years."

Fellows are honored for making a significant impact on society's mobility technology through research, innovation or creative leadership. About 20 fellow distinctions are given each year.

Pennock is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the United Kingdom. He has published more than 100 technical papers and has co-authored a book about mechanism and machine theory.

He received the Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1986 and the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for outstanding contributions to the School of Mechanical Engineering and its students in 2003.

Pennock is also a recipient of the Ferdinand Freudenstein award for his contributions to the science and technology of mechanisms and robotics. In 2005, Pennock received the A.T. Yang Memorial Award from the design engineering division mechanisms committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his paper, "The Duality between Kinematics and Statics," co-authored by O. Shai.

Pennock received a bachelor's degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1971; a master's degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in 1978; and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1983.

About 85,000 engineers, technical professionals, academics and governmental representatives are members of the Society of Automotive Engineers, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Source: Gordon R. Pennock, pennock@ecn.purdue.edu

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