Doctoral Student Joseph Schaefer Receives ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Joseph Schaefer with ME Chair Prof. Kevin Lynch and Summit Chair Prof. Melur Ram Joseph Schaefer, currently a PhD candidate at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, is the recipient of a graduate teaching fellowship from ASME. The ASME commitment is for an annual stipend of $5,000 to be used in conjunction with a full teaching assistantship awarded in your department. The fellowship is intended to encourage outstanding graduate students, especially those who are underrepresented in the Mechanical Engineering professorate, to pursue an academic career. As a Predictive Science and Engineering Design Fellow at Northwestern, Mr. Schaefer is pursuing a PhD in the field of composite mechanics, nano-enhanced composite characterization, and applied theoretical mechanics. He has authored or co-authored ten publications in journals such as Carbon, Thin Solid Films, Composites Part B and Experimental Mechanics, and the proceedings of SAMPE and SEM. His current focus regards the strain-rate dependent behavior of composite lamina and the development of the Northwester Failure Theory for composites. He is advised by Professor Isaac Daniel in the Center for Intelligent Processing of Composites.

Joseph was recognized at the recent ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Education Leadership Summit that was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When asked about the conference he remarked, “A truly exciting climate exists for engineering education and industry relations in the coming years; I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to take part in various proposals here at the Northwestern University in support of them (particularly the advanced manufacturing initiatives).”

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ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. ASME has been providing fellowships since 1992 and makes 1-4 new awards nationally per year. For more information visit

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