Ahmed Shabana named the Richard and Loan Hill Professor On April 14th, 2005, the College of Engineering announced the recipients of the first two Richard and Loan Hill Professorships of Engineering in the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department one of the Professorships were given to Professor Ahmed Shabana by Chancellor Sylvia Manning and Richard Hill. Ahmed Shabana, a Professor of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1982 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow there before joining UIC in Fall 1983. He is internationally known for his research contributions in the areas of large scale computations as applied to dynamic and multi-body systems such as vehicles, machines, and robots. Professor Shabana is the author of four books and has published more than 260 papers including 130 journal papers, and 130 conference papers, presentations and technical reports. He has maintained, over the years, a steady stream of research funding (a total of $3.5 million) from the Federal Railroad Administration, Army Research Office, National Science Foundation as well as other agencies and companies. In addition, Professor Shabana has supervised the work of 31 Ph.D. students, 30 M.S. students and 26 visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows. He has served on the editorial board of several journals, and he is the Founding Chair of the ASME Technical Committee on Multi-Body Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics. He has also served as a member of several national and international committees. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Professor Shabana received several awards that include an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Lappeenranta University of Technology ( Finland), the Fulbright Research Scholar Award, and the Humboldt Prize.


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