Dr. Nadir Yilmaz Receives Prestigious Fellow Honors

New Mexico Tech News Archives, SOCORRO, N.M. – Dr. Nadir Yilmaz, who became a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers in March 2016, has recently been elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of SAE as well. Yilmaz is a professor and the associate chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

  Dr. Nadir Yilmaz


Yilmaz is being recognized by ASME since he is “an award-winning engineering educator, a nationally recognized professional engineer, a leading researcher and an exemplary leader in the engineering community.”  According to SAE, the SAE Fellow status has been bestowed on Dr. Yilmaz since “he is recognized as a technical leader in alternative fuels and PAHs, in diesel engines, and his research led to a paradigm shift in understanding root causes of the failure of 70 percent of U.S. Army diesel engines. Additionally, his service and dedication includes exemplary leadership in automotive engineering education, SAE, and industry at-large.”

Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International) has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries. The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow distinction on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.

Founded in 1905, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Established in 1975, SAE Fellow distinction recognizes and honors long-term SAE members who have made a significant impact on the society’s mobility technology through leadership, research, and innovation. Election to Fellow is an exceptional professional distinction bestowed on around 20 recipients each year.

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is a member-centric, nimble, future-focused, and responsive organization, serving as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 31,000 members and the public through 52 state and territorial societies and over 400 chapters. NSPE Fellow distinction honors those active NSPE members who have demonstrated exemplary and devoted service to their profession, the Society, and their community.

Yilmaz received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University (1999), Bradley University (2001), and New Mexico State University (2005), respectively.

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