Newest Distinguished University Professors named

April 19, 2012 | News, UToday
By Jon Strunk


Two University of Toledo faculty members were approved as Distinguished University Professors by the UT Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee April 10 and recommended to the full board for approval.

Susan Martyn, Stoepler Professor of Law and Values in the College of Law, and Dr. Ali Fatemi, professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering in the College of Engineering, were selected to receive the institution’s highest academic honor.

“Susan and Ali are internationally respected scholars in their fields, gifted teachers and outstanding researchers,” said Dr. William McMillen, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Martyn, an elected member of the American Law Institute, has authored five books in the field of legal ethics. She has contributed amicus curiae briefs pro bono to the U.S. Supreme Court to assist as it assessed bioethics and legal ethics issues.


At the University for 22 years, she has received the Outstanding Research Award from the Ohio State Bar Association and the UT Outstanding Research Award, and has served on several national bodies that shape the laws that govern lawyer conduct.

Fatemi, an educator and researcher at UT for 25 years, is a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is internationally recognized for his contributions and research into materials fatigue and fracture mechanics, co-developing multiaxial fatigue theory.

He has published 139 refereed publications, been awarded $3.6 million over 35 research projects as the sole principal investigator and an additional $3.1 million in sponsored research as a co-principal investigator with other researchers. He is the recipient of the Engineering Outstanding Research Award, the UT Outstanding Research Award and the Sigma Xi/Raftopoulos Outstanding Research Award.

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