About the Author
Javad Hashemi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University and is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Research in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering. Javad received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1988. He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate materials and mechanics courses, as well as laboratories, at Texas Tech University since 1991. Dr. Hashemi has an extensive research background in manufacturing, structural, and synthesis aspects of materials. His current research focus is the areas of materials, biomaterials, and engineering education. The late William F. Smith was Professor Emeritus of Engineering in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Central Florida at Orlando, Florida. He was awarded an M.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University and a Sc.D. degree in metallurgy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Smith, who was a registered professional engineer in the states of California and Florida, taught undergraduate and graduate materials science and engineering courses and actively wrote textbooks for many years. He was also the author of Structure and Properties of Engineering Alloys, Second Edition (McGraw- Hill, 1993).
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