Ali Beskok, an internationally known expert in micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, numerical methods and experimental microfluidics, has been named chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering. He joins the faculty and begins his new role effective August 1, 2013.

Beskok is an outstanding educator and researcher who has received numerous awards that cite his achievements as “unparalleled,” “path-breaking” and “substantial.” He has more than 70 publications in high impact journals, and has authored and co-authored two books, eight chapters, 56 proceedings and 18 abstracts. Beskok was selected as an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) fellow in 2010. Beskok has most recently served as the Batten Professor of Computational Engineering at Old Dominion University, the founding director of the ODU Institute of Micro and Nanotechnology, and the graduate program director of Old Dominion’s MAE department.

Professor Beskok received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1988. He received a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1991, and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

He was a visiting scholar at Brown University, Center for Fluid Mechanics from 1994 to 1996, and a post-doctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory of Electronics from 1996-1998. Beskok joined Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Department as an assistant professor in 1998, and became an associate professor in 2004.

“Dr. Beskok is an exceptional teacher and scientist and has an incredibly strong research record,” said Lyle Dean Marc Christensen. “Dr. Beskok made definitive contributions to his research field early in his career and has continued to build upon that reputation. I am delighted that we have recruited such a high caliber individual to serve as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department and look forward to working with him as part of our leadership team as we continue to push Lyle forward.”