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ECS faculty member awarded honorary professor

Posted On : March 16th, 2010

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A Sacramento State professor has been named an honorary professor at Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule, the largest private University in Germany.
José Granda, a professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded an Honoris Causa Professorship by the German government. Granda is currently serving a sabbatical in Zurich, Switzerland, at the (ETH) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious technical universities in Europe.

The honor was presented to Granda in part for his research in mechatronics - the combination of mechanics, electronics and robotics. His research in automated methods for computer modeling and simulation using Bond Graph Technology has attracted worldwide attention.

“It is an honor to represent Sacramento State,” says Granda. “It is my hope that the Sacramento State name, and the Mechanical Engineering Department, will gain international recognition and a solid reputation for excellence in instruction and research.”

He is one of two instructors in the College of Continuing Education’s three-week mechatronics short course offered to professionals overseas who want to learn about American culture and the engineering field.

“The honorary professorship is validation that our colleagues in Germany are very pleased and wish to continue to partner with us for additional programs,” says Emir José Macari, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule is located in Darmstadt, Germany.

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