Professor, Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering
Office Address: 347 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6405
Field of Study: Metallurgy
Teaches: Dr. Anyalebechi develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Materials Science & Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Materials Failure Analysis, Materials & Process Selection, and Biomaterials.
Brief Biography: Dr. Prince N. Anyalebechi is a full Professor of Engineering. He joined Grand Valley State University as an Assistant Professor in 2001 after almost 12 years in industry. From 1985 to 1996 and 1999 to 2001, he worked at Alcoa Technical Center, where he conducted fundamental and applied research on manufacturing processes and alloys used in the production of a variety of aluminum products including foils, beverage cans, automotive, and aircraft parts. From August 1996 to December 1999, he served as an Associate Professor in James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. He is a member of several professional organizations including, The Institute of Materials, Minerals, & Mining (IOM3), ASM International, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Foundry Society, American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
He has published more than fifty technical papers in refereed journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and reference handbooks. He is the editor/co-editor of six conference proceedings. He holds two U.S. patents and serves as a consultant to several companies in the metals industry. Dr. Anyalebechi’s areas of research interest include: (i) mold/casting interface behavior in casting processes; (ii) partitioning, solution, diffusion, removal, measurement, and control of hydrogen and the associated defects in aluminum (and other metal) products; and (iii) control, evolution, and characterization of microstructures developed during casting, heat treatment, and thermomechanical processing.
Dr. Anyalebechi is also a martial artist; a San Dan (third degree black) in both Okinawa Karate and Kobudo; a black belt in American Freestyle Karate, and a red belt (brown belt equivalent) in Tang Soo Do. He has also studied Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Escrima.
Degrees: Dr. Anyalebechi received his Ph.D. in Metallurgy in 1985 from Brunel University in England. He is a Fellow (FIMMM) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, & Mining (England) and a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) of the British Engineering Council.
· Elected Fellow (FIMMM) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, & Mining (IOM3) in 2013
· 2013 British Foundry Medal
· 2011 Glen A. Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award for demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in Grand Valley State University.
· Grand Valley State University nominee for the 2011 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year.
· 2003 ASEE Annual Conference Best Paper Award (Manufacturing Division).
· 1998 Most Outstanding Faculty Award - Engineering/Manufacturing, Integrated Science & Technology Department, James Madison University.
· 1991 TMS Light Metals Most Notable Cast Shop Technology Research Paper Award.
· 1991 Alcoa Technical Center Merit Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions
· 1990 Arthur Vining Davis Award for Technical Excellence (Alcoa Inc.).
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