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Thierry Blanchet Named Acting Department Head for MANE

Tribology expert Thierry Blanchet has been named acting department head for the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE), within the School of Engineering. The appointment was effective June 1.

“Professor Blanchet is an outstanding teacher and active researcher in the area of tribology, and brings a high level of professional success and commitment to higher education,” said David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering. “As acting department head, Terry will provide highly effective leadership to MANE and be an important member of the SoE leadership team. Please join me in congratulating him on his appointment.”

Blanchet joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999, and full professor in 2006. From 2007 to 2009, he served as associate department head for undergraduate studies. He currently serves as the associate department head for graduate studies, a role he’s held since July 2009.

As acting department head for MANE—the largest academic department, with around 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students—Blanchet will be responsible for the ongoing tasks of providing a world-class engineering education for MANE students, and elevating the visibility and reputation of both MANE and the School of Engineering.

Blanchet’s research interests are topics related to the wear of sliding surfaces of mechanical components. Specific projects include wear-resistant nanoparticle-filled polymer composites, control of melt wear under extreme sliding conditions, and the wear of radiation-sterilized polymeric hip replacement bearing surfaces.

A prolific researcher, he has published seven book chapters and more than 55 peer-reviewed journal articles related to his tribology research. He is an active editor, and currently an associate editor of Tribology Transactions and the Journal of Tribology. Blanchet’s research is funded by several agencies and organizations, including the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, and others.

In his time at Rensselaer, Blanchet has advised 19 graduated master’s students, and 10 completed doctoral students. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont, and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering science from Dartmouth College.

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Volume 5, Number 11, June 17, 2011
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