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The Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Frederick F. Ling

Dr. Fred Ling served as a professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin from 1992 to 2003 and was then awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Ling received a B.S. in civil engineering from St. John's University, Shanghai, in 1947. After immigrating to the United States, he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1949 from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ling then earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1951 and 1954 respectively. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York.

Dr. Ling has devoted his life to research, teaching and service. His efforts have increased engineering knowledge and understanding of surface mechanics, wear, friction and lubrication. Having made contributions to tribology, biomechanics and machinery durability, he is now engaged in research on manufacturing machinery effectiveness, a critical element of the microelectronics industry.

Besides holding positions as a mechanical engineer in industry, an assistant professor of mathematics at Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and president of the Institute for Productivity Research in New York, Dr. Ling has spent his career in the academic arena of the engineering field. He worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) for 30 years (1956-1986), the last 12 as the William Howard Hart Professor and Chair of mechanical engineering, aero┬Čnautical engineering and mechanics. He was professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University in New York from 1986 to 1990.

Dr. Ling has performed sponsored research for countless industrial concerns and numerous government agencies including the Department of Defense, Transportation and Energy; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has also served various agencies including the National Research Council's Committee to Assess the U.S.-Japan Industry and Technology Management Training Programs, the Organization for European Cooperative Development, and NATO's Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development.

The author or editor of 11 books and approximately 90 archival publications, Dr. Ling established worldwide recognition for his book, Surface Mechanics (John Wiley & Sons, 1973), which brought disparate aspects of solid mechanics, heat transfer and rough surface characterization into a coherent whole. Since 1987, he has served as editor for the Mechanical Engineering Series at Springer-Verlag in New York.

For his excellence in research, Dr. Ling won the coveted Senior Fellow Award of the National Science Foundation in 1970 and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 1977. In the area of tribology, he won ASME's Mayo D. Hersey Award in 1984 and the Alfred E. Hunt Award of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). ASME also presented Dr. Ling with the Centennial Medallion in 1980 and the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award in 1991. Recognition in Europe includes the Joseph Marie Jacquard Medal (France) and honorary membership in Academia Romana (Romania).

A Life Fellow of ASME, Dr. Ling also holds the grade of Fellow in the American Academy of Mechanics, STLE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is also affiliated with numerous other professional and scientific societies including the Society of Engineering Science, New York Academy of Science, American Physical Society, National Space Society and the Machinery Failure Prevention Tech┬Čnology Society.

Dr. Ling's ASME activities include chair of the Research Committee on Tribology (1968-1970), chair of the Tribology Division (1975-1976), vice president and chair of the Board on Research (1977-1981), Board of Governors (1981-1983), and chair of the ASME/National Institute of Standards and Technology Interaction Committee (1988-1990).