Burris wins ASME Gold Medal Award
David Burris


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1:15 p.m., May 10, 2010----David Burris, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been awarded the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award of 2010 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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The medal is awarded to young engineering graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten years of earning the baccalaureate degree. Burris received the award based on his accomplishments as a researcher and an educator.

Burris's research focuses on tribology, the science and technology of such phenomena as friction, wear, and lubrication. In 2009, he won a grant from the Air Force Young Investigator Program (YIP) to conduct research that focuses on linking tribofilm nanomechanics to the origins of low friction and wear.

Burris earned his doctorate at the University of Florida, an institution widely recognized as a leader in the area of tribology and interfacial sciences. Shortly after joining the UD faculty in September 2008, he was selected to receive ASME's Marshall B. Peterson Award for early-career achievements in this field.

“The Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal is the most prestigious junior award given by ASME,” says Anette Karlsson, professor and chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, “and winning it is a true testament to David's dedication to his profession as an engineer, a scientist, and a professor.”

Burris's work has applications to a variety of areas, including advanced composites and biomechanics.

Article by Diane Kukich