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Betzalel Avitzur

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Dr. Avitzur has been a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University since 1964, founded the Institute for Metal Forming there and became its director. He was awarded the Loewy Chair when it was established in 1993. Now retired, Dr. Avitzur is doing research and consulting in metalforming and gross plastic deformation.

Dr. Avitzur received his education in mechanical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, graduating with a B.Sc. and Dip.Ing. in July 1949. During the years 1949-1964, he was engaged in Government research and development work in Israel, studied and gained his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Worked at the Scientific Laboratory of Ford Motor Co., and taught at the Technion. Dr. Avitzur is a member of the Editorial Boards of several society committees (metal forming and lubrication divisions). Dr. Avitzur was elected a Fellow in The American Society of Mechanical Engineers in May 1982. He is a recipient of the ASME "Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award" for 1988, the "Mordica Memorial Award" for 1996, and became an Honorary member of the Japan Soc. of Tech. of Plasticity" (JSTP) in 1993.

Dr. Avitzur is the author of numerous technical papers and four books entitled, "Metal Forming: Processes and Analysis," "Metal Forming: The Application of Limit Analysis," "Handbook of Metal Forming Processes," and, co-authored with Dr. S. Talbert, "Elementary Mechanics of Plastic Flow in Metal Forming." Dr. Avitzur also Co-edited the book entitled, "Production to Near Net Shape."