Burrows to Receive the ASME Koski Medal

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2008 – Dr. Clifford R. Burrows, a resident of Bath, UK, and research professor and chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Bath, will be honored by ASME for outstanding and sustained contributions to research and education in the field of fluid power motion and control. He will receive the Society’s 2008 Robert E. Koski Medal.

The medal, established in 2007, recognizes an individual who has advanced the art and practice of fluid power motion and control through education and/or innovation. It will be presented to Burrows during the Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control being held in Bath, UK, Sept. 10 through 12.

Dr. Burrows was appointed professor of systems engineering and director of the Fluid Power Centre (FPC) at the University of Bath in 1987. The FPC was renamed the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control in 1998 to reflect its enhanced range of research activities, and Burrows continued as director through 2005. The centre’s outstanding quality of research and its industrial significance were recognized in 2001 with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Burrows also served the University of Bath as head of the department of mechanical engineering (1990-95) and inaugural Hebron and Medlock dean of the faculty of engineering and design (1996-2002). He is now in semi-retirement.

Previously Burrows was professor and head of the department of dynamics and control at Strathclyde University (Glasgow, UK), after serving as a reader in mechanical engineering at the University of Sussex, UK. He has published nearly 250 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He inaugurated the Annual Bath International Workshop on Fluid Power in 1988 and was co-editor of the proceedings until 2005.

Burrows has been a regular contributor to ASME meetings and published a number of papers in Transactions journals. In the early 1990s he was instrumental in fostering European participation in the Society’s Fluid Power Section.

A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Burrows serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Systems and Control Engineering.

Burrows was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998 and was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2005 for services to higher education and engineering.

Burrows received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 1962. He earned his Ph.D. in automatic control at the University of London in 1968 and his D.Sc. at the University of London in 1989. The Technical University of Aachen, Germany, and the University of Aston (Birmingham, UK) awarded him honorary doctoral degrees in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Burrows is a chartered professional engineer in the U.K.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the global engineering and technology community.


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