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Reza Abbaschian

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About Reza Abbaschian

Reza Abbaschian is Director of Winston Chung Global Energy Center, Distinguished Professor, and Winston Chung Endowed Professor in Sustainability at University of California Riverside (UCR). He began his tenure as UCR in September 2005 as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), a position that he held until July 2016. Dr. Abbaschian received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, MS from Michigan Technological University, and BSc from University of Tehran. He has published more than 250 scientific articles including eight books on subjects ranging from metal processing to composites and high temperature-high pressure growth of jewelry diamonds. His research has led to the introduction of man-made diamonds to the market by Gemesis Diamond Company. Dr. Abbaschian is a past President of ASM International, and has been elected a Fellow of ASM, TMS and AAAS. His awards include the TMS Educator Award, Structural Material Division’s Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS Leadership Award, ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award, Davis Productivity Award of the State of Florida, and the 2016 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award of ASM. In 2017, he received the AIME Honorary Membership, an honorbestowed on only 1/10th of 1% of its membership, in recognition of being an “outstanding scientist and researcher in solidification fundamentals and materials processing, educator and leader in advancing the materials profession.”