February 23, 2017
Gurvich named ASME Fellow

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut - UTRC Technical Fellow Dr. Mark Gurvich has been recently honored with the distinction of Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

As such, he joins an elite group of mechanical engineers who have attained this grade from within the society's 120,000-plus membership worldwide.

A recognized global expert in composite materials, Gurvich joined the Research Center in 2002. His current focus is on advanced materials and structures for numerous applications of composites and polymers across UTC business units: Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, Otis, and until recently, Sikorsky.

In this area, he leads UTRC's efforts to address challenging issues of structural integrity, including efficient computational modeling, reliability and probabilistic assessment, and experimental methods for mechanical evaluation and characterization.

In addition to UTC applications, Gurvich has been leading or co-leading UTRC composites research efforts sponsored by the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD), Office of Naval Research (ONR), NASA and National Rotorcraft Technology Center (NRTC).

According to Dr. Om Sharma, UTRC Senior Fellow, and one of four ASME Fellows who sponsored Gurvich's elevation to Fellow membership grade, Gurvich has earned a deep professional reputation in the area of advanced lightweight aircraft structures and materials.

"Mark has more than 30 years of industrial and academic research to his credit," said Sharma. "His major scientific contributions lie in the areas of the random nature of load conditions and damage processes in composite materials and structures requiring probabilistic solutions for their efficient analysis, design, optimization and characterization."

He added, "Mark's recent elevation to ASME Fellow status, which is richly deserved, represents the highest elected grade in ASME membership conferred to an ASME member and is based on his significant publications, innovations and distinguished scientific and engineering background. We're very proud to have an expert of his caliber at the Research Center.”

Prior to joining UTRC in 2002, Gurvich held positions as Senior Scientist/Engineer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio; Visiting Scientist, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut; Fulbright Scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; and Associate Professor at Riga Technical University, Latvia.

Among his many professional awards and honors, Gurvich has been recognized with the UTRC Technical Excellence Award (TEA), two UTRC Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAAs), the Window-on-Science Award from the U.S. Air Force, and numerous best papers, innovation and accomplishment awards. His research is reflected in more than 130 publications, including a technical book and 10 issued or pending patents in the area of advanced materials and structures.

Gurvich is a member of the American Helicopter Society (AHS), ASME and the Rubber Division, American Chemical Society (RD, ACS). He was also Associate Editor of the Journal of AHS and is a past Chair of the AHS Structures and Materials Committee. He co-organized and co-chaired four symposia on elastomeric mechanics (RD, ACS Conferences) and two sessions on structures and materials (AHS Annual Forums). Gurvich received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Riga Technical University, Latvia.

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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