Saint Martin’s professor to receive regional engineering award
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s mechanical engineering
Prof. Amanie Abdelmessih, Ph.D., has been selected by the Puget Sound
Engineering Council to receive its 2005 Academic Engineer of the Year
Award. It will be presented Feb. 26 at the council’s awards banquet at
Boeing Museum of Flight.
The Puget Sound Engineering Council consists of some
30 area chapters or sections of national engineering, architectural, and
associated scientific societies. It annually gives the award to an
engineer in academia who has significantly advanced the state of the art
of engineering and taken an active role in interposing new technologies
in society and improving the level and scope of engineering education.
Linda Thomas, president of the Society for Women
Engineers – Pacific Northwest Section, a council member, wrote in a
recent newsletter, “(Abdelmessih) has demonstrated excellence as an
engineering educator through her dedication in student instruction,
mentorship in the Saint Martins College student activities and projects,
and leadership as a SWE student section adviser,” said. “Her
accomplishments lie in enabling her students to excel in their research
projects and gain recognition in the technical community. She is highly
regarded for her encouragement and support to the students of Saint
Martins College, and has been an active contributor to SWE activities on
the local and regional level.”
Besides teaching at Saint Martin’s and advising the
college’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, Abdelmessih has
twice spent summers researching at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.
She has spent two other summers at Marshall Space Flight Center
experimenting with transient heat conduction during welding for the main
space shuttle tank. She also has done research at Argonne National
Laboratory and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Her leadership roles with professional organizations
include serving as national directorship and as national programming
chair for process intensification for the Transport and Energy Processes
Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has twice
served as vice chair of the Puget Sound Section of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers International, and previously was vice president
for the Seattle Chapter of the National Society of Professional
She is the winner of numerous professional engineering
and education honors, including the 2001 Monks of Saint Martin’s Award
for Excellence in Teaching.
Abdelmessih, who joined the Saint Martin’s faculty in
1997, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Egypt’s Alexandria
University before coming to the United States, where she earned her
doctorate at Oklahoma State University.
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