Spector elected as ASME Fellow
December 10, 2010
Alexander Spector, Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the major association of researchers, engineers, and educators working in the mechanics area, including a significant and growing number of members working on biomedical applications.
Election as a Fellow recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession: there are only about 3,000 fellows out of 113,000 ASME members.
The citation states: Professor Spector is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of mechanotransduction and biomechanics of cells focusing on constitutive models, computational analysis, and interpretation of experiments. He has proposed novel approaches to the electromechanics of specialized cells and motor proteins responsible for acute hearing in humans. He is also recognized for a seminal work on cell shape, cell proliferation, and stresses at the interface with the substrate. He has contributed to undergraduate and graduate education by developing courses and participating in major biomedical engineering handbooks on the mechanics of cells and membranes.