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Phillips Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 12, 2007

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed Winfred (Win) Phillips as a new director at the 62nd annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Phillips currently serves as the vice president for research and professor of engineering at the University of Florida (UF), a post he has held since 1999. He previously served as dean of UF’s graduate school from 1999 to 2004, dean of UF’s College of Engineering from 1988 to 1999 and currently represents UF on the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

"ORAU brings important opportunities to its member universities in advancing research and education," said Phillips. "I am honored to work with this highly respected consortium."

Before arriving at UF, Phillips was a professor of mechanical engineering and head of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University from 1980 to 1988. Prior to 1980, he served as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, acting chairman of the Intercollegiate Biomedical Engineering Program and professor of aerospace engineering.

A fellow and past president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Phillips has held leadership positions in numerous engineering and science societies. Among other positions, he is a fellow and past president of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chair of the Board of the American Association of Engineering Societies, a fellow and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow and past president of the American Society for Engineering Education, fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, chair of the Board of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering, and member of the Board of Enterprise Florida, Inc. Phillips currently serves on the Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation and is a presidential appointee to the Committee on the National Medal of Science.

Phillips earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and his master's degree and doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia. He has authored more than 180 publications. His personal research and teaching interests include mechanical engineering, fluid mechanics and biomedical engineering.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Sandra J. Degen, vice president for research, University of Cincinnati
  • Gerald D. Holder, U.S. Steel dean and professor, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brooks A. Keel, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological engineering, Louisiana State University
  • Suzanne Laurich-McIntyre, assistant vice provost for graduate education, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Felix A. Okojie, vice president for research development, support and federal relations, Jackson State University
  • J. Paul Reason, admiral, United States Navy (retired)
  • David D. Reed, vice president for research, Michigan Technological University

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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