Dr. Ioan Marinescu, UT professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Jana Evangelisty Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem of the Czech Republic.The degree recognizes his scientific achievements in engineering technology development, with an emphasis in machining.
“I feel like an athlete who won a competition. It is great to have such feelings under the flag of the USA,” Marinescu said. “Even though this was not the first time I got this degree, I felt the same good feelings representing science and technology in the U.S.”
“Recognition of our faculty is one of the points of pride that every academic institution hopes to earn and celebrate,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the UT College of Engineering. “Dr. Marinescu has an international reputation in the area of precision manufacturing. The college and I congratulate Dr. Marinescu on this prestigious recognition by Jana Evangelisty Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem.”
For seven years, Marinescu collaborated with the university in the Czech Republic by providing two-week courses and workshops through its European Community Program.
Students and faculty from Ústí nad Labem would travel to UT to utilize the Precision Micro-Machining Research Center, a laboratory Marinescu created with a consortium of 25 companies from the United States and abroad.
Marinescu, who has been a professor at UT since 1998, has received additional honorary degrees from the University of Iashi in Romania, Nihon University in Japan and De La Salle University in the Philippines. He also has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Bangkok.
To date, Marinescu’s accomplishments include teaching in about 40 countries, more than 15 books written, and more than 300 papers published with original studies and scientific contributions.
Marinescu received the honorary doctoral degree during a special ceremony last fall in the Czech Republic.