National society recognizes Ling's accomplishments

     The American Society of Mechanical Engineers bestowed its Honorary Membership to Frederick F. Ling, professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

     Ling is being recognized “for advancing the field of tribology through engineering research and applications in machine systems and manufacturing.” Tribology is the study of the design, friction, wear and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion.

     First awarded in 1880, this honor recognizes a lifetime of service to engineering or related fields. The award was conferred on Ling during the Society's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition held Nov. 15-20 in Anaheim, Calif.

     Ling's work has contributed to tribology, biomechanics and machinery durability during his 40-plus years as an engineering educator and researcher. He is now engaged in research in manufacturing machinery effectiveness, a critical element of the microelectronics industry.

     Ling holds the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering and is associate director of the Manufacturing Systems Center at UT Austin. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

     The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a 125,000-member organization focused on technical, educational and research issues. It conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds some 30 technical conferences and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing standards.