Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

Distinguished Professor Dennis Siginer

Prior to accepting his present appointment at BIUST Dr. Siginer served as Distinguished Research Professor at the Centro de Investigación en Creatividad y Educación Superior, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile and as Distinguished University Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he also served as Acting Provost, Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his service at the Petroleum Institute he served successively as Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama. Dr. Siginer held several Visiting Professor positions in Institutions in France, Japan, Korea, Chile, Brazil and the Russian Academy of Sciences, and NASA. He holds a PhD and ScD from the University of Minnesota and the Technical University of Istanbul, respectively. His research interests lie with Continuum Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics and in particular with the mechanics of Non-Newtonian Fluids. His contributions are wide ranging emphasizing applied mathematics as well as engineering aspects of problems of interest in Engineering Science. His publications exceed 280 including refereed archival papers, full length proceedings papers, and authored and edited books. Invited seminars and lectures delivered exceed eighty. His research has been supported by NSF (US National Science Foundation), NASA, NATO and FONDECYT-The Chilean Science Foundation. Strong international ties and collaborative efforts with researchers in France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Chile, Brazil and Russia have been initiated and maintained over the last thirty years.


         Dr. Siginer is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) and the New York Academy of Sciences. He served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering and the Journal of Applied Mechanics both Transactions of the ASME. He also served and/or presently serves as Guest Editor of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Mechanics, Journal of Applied Mechanics and the Journal of Fluids Engineering. His service to the professional community is extensive and wide ranging as he serves as reviewer for numerous archival journals and federal, state and private granting agencies in USA and granting agencies from Canada, France and Chile, and he organizes several Symposia each year held during the International Congress of ASME as well as during the joint meetings with the Japanese and European Mechanical Engineering Societies.


             Dr. Siginer is active in several professional societies APS (American Physical Society), ASME, AAM (American Academy of Mechanics), SES (Society of Engineering Science), ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) and played/plays a leadership role in various capacities in particular in ASME, which honored him with the Dedicated Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He served on the Executive Committee of the Materials Division of ASME for many years and was Chair of the Division in 2008-2009. He also chaired Society and Divisional level Award Committees, ASME Nadai Medal Committee, Orr Early Career and Sia-Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award Committees. Presently he is the Vice-Chair of the ASME Publications Committee which oversees all twenty-six technical journals ASME publishes, and serves as a member-at large of the Basic Engineering Group Operating Board which comprises the Applied Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Fluids Engineering, Materials, Bioengineering and Tribology Divisions. He has been honored with membership of the Advisory Board of a number of Institutions and the International Scientific Boards of several International Scientific meetings.

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