Auburn engineering professor wins Hunt best paper award

Published: Nov 2, 2009 8:58:00 AM
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Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson, assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, recently received the 2009 Captain Alfred E. Hunt Memorial Award for the best paper in the field of lubrication. Itzhak Green, mechanical engineering faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, collaborated with Jackson on the winning paper, "The Thermoelastic Behavior of Thrust Washer Bearings Considering Boundary Lubrication, Asperity Contact and Thermoviscous Effects."

Named after the first president of the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), the Captain Alfred E. Hunt Memorial Award is given annually to a Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) member who produces the best paper in lubrication or an allied filed. It is the only award presented at the fall International Joint Tribology Conference each year.

Jackson was also presented the Best Reviewer Award for the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Journal of Tribology. This is the second year in a row that Jackson has received the award.

Started in 1944 as the American Society of Lubrication Engineers, STLE is now the premiere technical society serving more than 10,000 people and 150 companies and organizations involved with the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector. Its mission is to advance tribology and the practice of lubrication engineering to encourage innovation, improve product performance and promote conservation. STLE members are technical experts who research, develop and market the methods and products that make the industry successful.

Jackson joined the Auburn Engineering faculty in 2004. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. His research interests include bearing design, modeling, prognostics and testing; failure analysis; electrical connectors; contact mechanics; boundary and elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication; friction and wear fundamentals; machine component design and nano/bio- tribology and micro-electro-mechanical systems.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes