Erol Sancaktar received his Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics and his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Va, USA. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served as the Chair of the ASME National Technical Committee on Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention (1997–2008). He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Mchanical Design (ASME, 1995–1998, 2003–2006) and as a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology since 1993. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Medical Devices. Dr. Sancaktar organized 21 conferences/symposia including the recent Nanoscience/Nanotechnology Workshop at NanoTR4, Istanbul, Turkey, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was a faculty member at the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department, Clarkson University, from 1978 to 1996 before joining the University of Akron in 1996 as a Professor of polymer engineering and then as an Adjunct Professor of mechanical engineering from since 2003. He gave 34 different university courses from the freshmen to doctoral levels. So far, 47 graduate students completed their degrees under his direction. He edited/coedited 20 books, authored/coauthored over 80 refereed journal articles, 23 articles/chapters in books edited by others, including 2 chapters in ASM engineered materials handbook, and delivered over 210 technical presentations. Dr. Sancaktar has 3 patents. His current research activities include self-assembly in block copolymers and stretched polymer films; modification and use of electrospun nanofibers; use of excimer laser in composite material, adhesion and polymer property evaluation, polymer welding, micromachining applications, and nanolithography; electrically/electronically conductive polymers/adhesives; optimization of adhesion and adhesive joint geometries; and design of novel materials.
Biography Updated on 8 January 2010