Sam Y. Zamrik Honored For a Lifetime of Service to Engineering

NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2010 – Sam Y. Zamrik, Ph.D., a resident of State College, Pa., and professor emeritus of engineering mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, will be honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He is being recognized for exemplary leadership in advancing ASME through global outreach, technical innovation and member communities; service as the 126th president of ASME; and the development of life-prediction models, and codes and standards applied to the pressure vessels, energy and aerospace industries.  He will receive Honorary Membership in ASME.

First awarded in 1880, the founding year of the Society, Honorary Membership recognizes a lifetime of service to engineering or related fields.  The award will be conferred on Dr. Zamrik during ASME’s 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 12 through 18.
Zamrik has been a faculty member of the department of engineering science and mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University for 38 years.  Since 1998, he is professor emeritus of engineering mechanics.

His experience is concentrated in the area of experimental and analytical investigation of mechanical behavior and life prediction methodology of metals and advanced structural materials.  He was director of the fatigue and fracture research program, where he pioneered the multi-axial fatigue research program and development in 1965 with the support of the NASA Lewis Research Center.  The elevated temperature creep-fatigue and crack growth program continued to receive support from NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, AlliedSignal, General Electric, Welding Research Council-Pressure Vessel Research Council and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Zamrik developed the modeling of life prediction methodology due to thermo-mechanical fatigue cycling in 1975; and the characterization of fatigue-creep damage of cladding and gas turbine materials, a unique and pioneering area of research which was not yet developed at any other institution.  This specific multi-axial fatigue research area was extended over the years to include multi-axial crack growth utilizing the concept of anticlastic bending.

He has more than 160 technical publications to his credit, and has presented invited seminars and lectures worldwide.

Throughout his 36 years as a member and leader of ASME, Zamrik has been active in student outreach, codes and standards workshops, and volunteer training.  He also has been involved in global initiatives, both within the Society and as a visiting professor at American University (Cairo, Egypt), where he presented a series of lectures on the future of mechanical engineers as well as “Engineering and the Global Economy.”  He was instrumental in developing the ASME Global Summit on the Future of Mechanical Engineering, held in Washington, D.C., in April 2008.

A Fellow of ASME, Zamrik served as president of the Society (2007-08), member of the Board of Governors (2002-05) and vice president of the Materials and Structures Group (1998-2001).  He was active in the Society’s Continuity and Change initiative and chaired both the Project Management and Reorganization Review teams.  He also served on the Board of Professional Development (1995-2001) and the Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards (1994-2004).  He served as editor of the Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology (1993-2005).  Zamrik received the Pressure Vessels and Piping Division’s Robert M. McGrattan Literature Award (1991) and Certificate of Appreciation as the Millennium Plenary Speaker (2000), the Central Pennsylvania Section’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineer of the Year Award (1992), the Society’s Pressure Vessel and Piping Medal (1996), a Board of Governors’ Certificate of Appreciation (1999) and an ASME Dedicated Service Award (2006).  The Pressure Vessel and Piping Medal was renamed in 2010 as the ASME S.Y. Zamrik PVP Medal, a tribute for his continued service to the division.

Zamrik is a member of the American Society of Metals; the International Council on Pressure Vessel Technology, where he serves as vice chair of the America region; the American Society for Testing and Materials, where he serves on the E-08 Fatigue and Fracture Committee; the Pressure Vessel Research Council, where he is vice chair; and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

Other honors include selection as Distinguished Engineering Alumnus at Penn State (2004) and the Penn State Engineering Society Distinguished Service Award (2007); and induction into the University of Texas at Austin’s Mechanical Engineering Hall of Fame (2004).

Zamrik received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1955 and 1957, respectively.  He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University in 1961 and 1965, respectively.

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