Stevens Institute professor one of six nationally recognized by Inventors Digest magazine

Dr. Frank FisherDr. Frank Fisher, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Nanotechnology Graduate Program at the Stevens Institute of Technology, has been named one of "the Nation's Top Mechanical Engineers" by Inventors Digest magazine.

Dr. Fisher was one of six mechanical engineers honored "for their contributions to civilization" in the article, "Modern Marvels: Hail the Nation's Top Mechanical Engineers." Selections were based on peer recognition, societal impact of their work, and commitment to their craft. The article appears in the April 2011 print edition of Inventors Digest and is also available online.

"Dr. Fisher's research into polymer nanocomposites and vibration energy harvesting merit great recognition," says Dr. Constantin Chassapis, Deputy Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science and Department Director of Mechanical Engineering. "Beyond his promising work in energy harnessing and creating high-performance plastic materials, he is also engaged in educational and outreach programs at Stevens to instill a love of engineering in K-12 students."

The article details Dr. Fisher's accomplishments, as well as his personal history with engineering and his advice for aspiring engineers. Instilled with a passion for math and physics in high school, Dr. Fisher chose mechanical engineering because of the broad opportunities it presents.

"I recommend younger students follow their passion and try to get involved with hands-on engineering as soon as possible," Dr. Fisher says. "I've had the pleasure of working with a number of really talented undergraduate researchers at Stevens and am always amazed by how quickly they can learn and contribute to my projects."

About Dr. Fisher
Dr. Frank Fisher is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Nanotechnology Graduate Program at the Stevens Institute of Technology. As director of the Nanomechanics & Nanomaterials Laboratory, his group studies the behavior of advanced material systems at the nanoscale. He is particularly interested in materials systems such as polymers and polymer nanocomposites, as well as thin film and piezoelectric materials in MEMS applications. He is active in several National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects at Stevens, which seek to equip teachers as well as encourage and prepare K-12 students for the study of Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) fields. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, Stevens Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Educator Award, and the Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor award.

About the Stevens Department of Mechanical Engineering
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