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WMU dean to lead international professional society

by Cheryl Roland

July 7, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Anthony Vizzini, WMU.
Dr. Anthony J. Vizzini
KALAMAZOO--Dr. Anthony J. Vizzini, dean of the Western Michigan University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected the 2011-12 president of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, an organization that focuses on new materials and processing technologies.

Vizzini will lead the organization's seven-member executive cabinet that oversees yearly operations and long-term planning for the association. During the upcoming year, SAMPE will hold two North American conferences--one in Fort Worth, Texas, and another in Baltimore--as well as a major international conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The cabinet also will direct the implementation of new international policies and procedures for the society.

In addition to Vizzini, the cabinet includes professionals from such organizations as Johns Hopkins University, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Airbus and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The cabinet is elected by the SAMPE Board of Directors.

Dean of WMU's engineering college since 2009, Vizzini was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a national reputation in aerospace engineering. He came to WMU to serve as dean and tenured professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering after serving in faculty, research and administrative positions at Mississippi State University and the University of Maryland.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering is an international professional member society that provides information on new materials and processing technologies through chapter technical presentations, two journal publications, symposia and commercial expositions in which professionals can exchange ideas and air their views. It is the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, providing a unique forum for scientists, engineers, designers and academicians.