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Obituary: Mechanical Engineering Professor Dornfeld Dies at 66


David A. Dornfeld, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, died March 27 of a heart attack. He was 66.

Dornfeld was regarded as a global leader in sustainable manufacturing and smart manufacturing. He led the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability at UC Berkeley, and was appointed faculty director of the university’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in August 2015.

Dornfeld published more than 350 papers and held seven patents.

In a statement to the College of Engineering, Dornfeld’s colleagues remembered him as “an advocate for our students and as a powerful force for good.”
David A. Dornfeld
Dornfeld was born in Horicon, WI, in 1949. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and studied mechanical engineering there. After graduating with a PhD in 1976, he began teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 1977. He acted as department chair from 2010-2015.

After serving as one of two interim faculty co-directors, Dornfeld was appointed faculty director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, which aims to provide a space for students interested in technology and design.

Dornfeld was a fellow and past director of SME, and a member since 1971.

He was a founder of NAMRC, the conference hosted by the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME).

Dornfeld was recognized by SME with the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1982, the Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal in 2004, the NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 2013, and the M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME in 2015.

Published Date : 4/1/2016

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