UMR professor co-authors engineering textbook

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On March 15, 2007

John Wiley and Sons recently published the 10th edition of “Materials and Processes in Manufacturing.” One of the textbook’s co-authors is Dr. Ronald Kohser, a professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla.

This marks the 50th anniversary of “Materials and Processes in Manufacturing.” The original text was produced by Dr. Paul DeGarmo, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, in 1957. Kohser became a contributing author during the writing of the fifth edition and has been a full co-author since the publication of the sixth edition.

The various editions of the book have been used at colleges and universities for the past 50 years. Students at UMR use the text for core courses in mechanical and metallurgical engineering.

“DeGarmo wanted to produce a text that would help engineers understand how the things they designed could be made,” Kohser says. “Manufacturing has been described as ‘the activities performed to convert stuff into things.’ The book begins by considering the stuff.”

A survey of engineering materials and information on matching performance properties to usage requirements is included in the opening of the book. Subsequent chapters present various manufacturing processes, including casting, forming, powder metallurgy, material removal and joining. Additional chapters cover heat treatment, surface engineering, quality control and process automation.

Kohser and J.T. Black, emeritus professor of industrial engineering at Auburn University, are the co-authors of the 10th edition of “Materials and Processes in Manufacturing.”

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