Robert G. Landers named Curators’ Professor at Missouri S&T

Faculty photo 2018

One of the highest honors bestowed by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators is the Curators’ Distinguished Professor title.  This honor recognizes faculty who are outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study. Dr. Robert G. Landers, professor of mechanical engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering for his exemplary work in the automation and control of manufacturing processes. 

Landers has brought in nearly $5 million in grants in controls applications and manufacturing automation. His research focuses on the modeling, analysis, monitoring and control of manufacturing processes such as metal cutting, wire saw machining, friction stir welding, laser metal deposition, freeze–form extrusion fabrication, glass direct energy deposition, and selective laser melting, as well as the estimation and control of electrochemical alternative energy systems including hydrogen fuel cells and lithium ion batteries. 

Landers has authored nearly 200 refereed technical publications, including 76 journal articles and five book chapters. In addition, he holds one U.S. patent.  Among many awards, Landers received the M. Eugene Merchant Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2004. In 2014, he was elected Fellow of ASME and received the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award for a paper he co-authored describing an additive manufacturing method for fabricating 3-D parts by extrusion of water-based ceramic pastes. He has also received numerous awards for research, faculty excellence and outstanding teaching. 

Landers, who also serves as the associate chair for graduate affairs in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and to professor in 2012. Landers earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1997, a master of science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1990, all in mechanical engineering.