Pourboghrat to become chair of Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
He is currently a professor with a joint appointment in Integrated Systems Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Since arriving at Ohio State in 2015, Pourboghrat has placed strong emphasis on experiential learning and interdisciplinary research.
“Farhang recognizes that ISE’s research portfolio—operations research, data analytics, manufacturing processes and human systems integration—is in perfect alignment with college priorities and the university’s Discovery Themes vision,” said College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams. “He will be instrumental in positioning faculty to collaborate with partners throughout the university and across the globe, taking our research and teaching to the next level.”
A highly regarded scholar, Pourboghrat’s research focuses on the computational modeling of metal forming processes using crystal plasticity and advanced phenomenological yield functions.
Pourboghrat received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Iowa, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1990. From 1998-2015 he served as faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Michigan State University. Prior to that he worked as a staff scientist at the Alcoa Technical Center.
“I have come to appreciate how much the faculty cares about our students, the quality of the education they receive inside and outside of the classroom, and their employment opportunities after graduation,” said Pourboghrat. “The same can be said with regards to the care that the faculty places on the quality of their own research, and the impact that their research has at the national and international level.”
He would like to provide even more opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research. “I’m definitely an advocate of hands-on experiences for students,” he said, “particularly on the manufacturing side of things—more specifically modeling of the material’s behavior and its impact on the manufactured part.”
Pourboghrat is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Sigma Xi technical honor society, and has served as a member of the steering and scientific committees for the Numerical Simulation of 3D Sheet Forming Processes (NUMISHEET) conference since 2005. He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including Michigan State’s John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teaching Excellence Award.