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A Clemson University professor at the International Center for Automotive Research has earned a rare distinction.

According to the university, BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing Laine Mears was recently named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers which “puts him in the top 2.9% of an organization that has 120,248 members.

Clemson University professor Laine Mears was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mears is the BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing at the Clemson University — International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville. (Photo/Provided)Mears is in the process of working on a collaboration between Clemson University engineers and Greenville Technical College students to work on a “prototype vehicle assembly line.”

He had 10 years industry experience with SKF Bearings and Hitachi Unisia Automotive. While working, he attended Georgia Tech’s distance learning program to get his master’s degree and returned full time to earn his Ph.D. Both degrees were in mechanical engineering. In 2006, he became a founding faculty member in Clemson’s automotive engineering graduate program at CUICAR.

“It is a testament to his hard work, innovative approach and collaboration with industry. This is an honor not only for Laine, but for the department, CU-ICAR and the industry collaborators that have supported his efforts,” said Zoran Filipi, chairman of the automotive engineering department and ASME fellow, in the release.

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