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Alan Wineman Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
Professor Alan Wineman was honored as a recipient of University of Michigan's 2006 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award at a dinner held on Oct. 4 in Rackham Assembly Hall. This award recognizes senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty; and service. In 42 years on the UM faculty, Professor Wineman has indeed established an outstanding record of performance in teaching, research and service.
His research has been in developing and applying mathematical models for the mechanical response of polymeric solid and fluid materials. He has used continuum mechanics to make important contributions to a wide range of technically significant problems. In work that has touched nearly every aspect of mechanics, Wineman has made significant contributions to elasticity, viscoelasticity, mixture theory, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and mechanics of field-dependent materials. He has published more than 120 papers in the top-ranked journals and has earned international recognition as a highly creative and innovative researcher. Many of his papers were written well ahead of their time, and it is only today that others have come to appreciate his foresight. With K. R. Rajagopal, he has written a textbook on viscoelasticity titled "Mechanical Response of Polymers," a clear, readable book that is accessible to senior undergraduates and graduate students alike and reflects his commitment to education.
With both undergraduate and graduate students, Wineman has gained a reputation as a caring, committed teacher. Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, has named him Professor of the Term in four different terms. In addition, he twice has received the CoE Teaching Excellence Award, an unprecedented achievement. He became an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 2000, the University’s most prestigious teaching excellence award, and in 2002 he received the American Society of Engineering Education Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award.
Wineman also has an admirable record of service on many committees at the departmental, college and university levels. He also has served two terms on the board of directors of the Society of Engineering Science, organized a large number of symposia at national conferences, and was co-organizer for several conferences held at the University.
Wineman's career and overall contributions are an inspiring model for his juniors and contemporaries in the field of mechanics. He combines creativity and insight associated with free thinking and dedication with a great care for the welfare of students and colleagues alike.