Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to inform you that Dr. Rodica Baranescu from the International Truck and Engine Corporation, has accepted a position as a Professor in the College of Engineering effective Aug. 16, 2005. Her appointment would be 25% in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She is the second Member of the National Academy of Engineering who has joined our UIC College of Engineering faculty this year.

Dr. Baranescu received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1961 and 1970 respectively from Politehnica University in Bucharest Romania, where she also served as Assistant Professor (1964-68), Lecturer (1970-74), and Associate Professor (1974-78).

She is currently Manager of the Fuels and Lubricants and Engine Group of the International Truck and Engine Corporation, located in Melrose Park, IL. She is an internationally sought after public speaker on technical issues related to mobility technology, environmental control, fuels, and energy. She had visited UIC on April 26, 2005 and given the Paul Chung Distinguished Lecture on “”Diesel Technology for Commercial Transportation: Current Successes and Challenges in the Future”.

Dr. Baranescu was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 “for research leading to effective and environmentally sensitive diesel and alternative-fuel engines and leadership in automotive engineering.” She is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers International and was President of SAE International in 2000. In 2003 she received the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) Internal Combustion Engine Award.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Baranescu to our faculty.

Prith Banerjee
Dean, College of Engineering and
UIC Distinguished Professor


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