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Professor S. V. Sreenivasan was awarded the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award in the annual ASME Conference in Denver, Colorado in November 2011. Pictured: left to right:  ASME Executive Director Thomas Loughlin, ME Department Chair at Penn State Karen Thole, S. V. Sreenivasan, and ASME President Victoria Rockwell.

Professor S. V. Sreenivasan was awarded the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award in the annual ASME Conference in Denver, Colorado in November 2011. Pictured: left to right: ASME Executive Director Thomas Loughlin, ME Department Chair at Penn State Karen Thole, S. V. Sreenivasan, and ASME President Victoria Rockwell.

Dr. S. V. Sreenivasan.

Dr. S. V. Sreenivasan.

Dr. S.V. Sreenivasan, professor of mechanical engineering and Thornton Centennial Fellow in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) prestigious William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award. This award is given by the ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division and recognizes an individual or team for developing or contributing significantly to an innovative manufacturing technology, the implementation of which has resulted in substantial economic or societal benefits. Dr. Sreenivasan has received this award for "leading the development of practical low-cost nanolithography machines and processes, manufacturing innovations that are enabling applications in areas such as ultra-high density magnetic and solid-state storage, high-brightness light-emitting diodes, nanostructured solar cells, and targeted drug delivery."

Former Mechanical Engineering Chair (2001-2011) Joe Beaman writes:
"Professor Sreenivasan has combined innovation in precision machine design, nano-scale fluid mechanics, and nano-scale sensing and control to develop a new method of manufacturing at the smallest of scales. His work has had a tremendous impact on the fabrication of nano-scale devices in magnetic storage, optoelectronics and solid state memory."

Dr. Sreenivasan's research interest and expertise is in the area of high throughput nano-scale manufacturing, and he has published more than 100 technical articles and holds over 75 U.S. patents in this area. He co-founded Molecular Imprints, Inc. (MII), a nanotechnology spin-out from The University of Texas at Austin, in 2001. MII is an Austin-based nanomanufacturing company that now employs more than 100 people, including a highly educated workforce (over 50 percent of the employees have advanced degrees in science or engineering). The company's longstanding relationship with The University of Texas at Austin is now widely recognized as a model of how top research institutions can partner with business to facilitate bringing new technologies to market.

A nanoimprint lithograophy machine sold by Molecular Imprints, Inc., which Dr. Sreenivasan co-founded.

A nanoimprint lithograophy machine sold by Molecular Imprints, Inc., which Dr. Sreenivasan co-founded.

Dr. Sreenivasan's other honors include the 2010 O'Donnell Award for Technology Innovation conferred by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Leonardo da Vinci Award in 2009, The University of Texas Chancellors' Award for Entrepreneurship in 2007, and the Technology Pioneer Award by the World Economic Forum in 2005.


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