Ali Beskok-Ford Fellowship

Ali Beskok, chair of SMU-Lyle’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, received a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship during SMU’s Board of Trustees meeting in May, 2016. He was among five distinguished professors at SMU selected for this honor.

“The Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed upon scholars at SMU,” said Steven C. Currall, SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It recognizes strong programs in important areas of study. We are very pleased to have Professor Beskok recognized for his achievements.”

Dr. Beskok, an internationally known expert in micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena, numerical methods and experimental microfluidics, joined SMU in August 2013. He has more than 85 publications in high impact journals and has authored or co-authored two books, nine book chapters, 79 proceedings and 19 abstracts. He was selected as an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow in 2010.

Before joining SMU, Dr. Beskok served as the Batten Professor of Computational Engineering at Old Dominion University (ODU). He was the founding director of the ODU Institute of Micro and Nanotechnology and the graduate program director of Old Dominion’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He was also an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M, a post-doctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, and a visiting scholar at Brown University’s Center for Fluid Mechanics.

 “This recognition is an important first step in support of our research on point-of-care-technologies development,” said Beskok.  

Dr. Beskok received a B.S.M.E. from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; an M.S.M.E. from Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana; and both an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowships, established in 2002 to help retain and reward outstanding faculty, are awarded to SMU faculty based on a faculty member’s scholarly contributions and future research plans. Candidates are nominated annually by department chairs, faculty, and the faculty senate.


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SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, through the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Management, Information, and Systems; and Mechanical Engineering. Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, providing the tools and space to work on immersion design projects and competitions to accelerate leadership development and the framework for innovation; the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, helping students develop nontechnical skills to prepare them for leadership in diverse technical fields; the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, developing new methodologies for incorporating engineering education into K-12 schools; and the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, combining technological innovation with business expertise to address global poverty.