Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and director of the UI Solidification Laboratory, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award from the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering.

Beckermann earned an M.S. degree in 1984 and a Ph.D. degree in 1987 in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

The award was established in 1991 to recognize alumni who have "demonstrated exemplary accomplishments and leadership in industry, academia, governmental science, or other endeavors related to mechanical engineering or an affiliated profession."

Beckermann will be honored November 3 at the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Awards Banquet in West Lafayette, IN.

The Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering has more than 17,000 living alumni.