Engineering faculty member receives Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award

KINGSVILLE - July 17, 2015

Contact: Julie Navejar
or Phone: 361-593-2590

Dr. Patricia Polastri, assistant professor of industrial management and technology, was recently named a Distinguished Faculty Advisor by the SME (formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers). Polastri is the faculty advisor for the SME student chapter at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

“Our faculty advisors work tirelessly on SME’s behalf to engage a crucial segment of our membership,” said Dr. Thomas Bridge, 2015 Member Council chair. “This award signifies that their efforts have not gone unnoticed and hopefully encourages them to continue their innovative, forward-thinking methods to prepare the next generation of manufacturing professionals.”

“SME taught me, when I was still a student, to recognize the importance of the manufacturing industry in the economy and development of the nation and I am very adamant in passing that same passion to my students,” said Polastri.

Polastri’s research involves sustainable business practices embracing the Eagle Ford Shale discoveries. She is an internal steering committee member for the Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education and Outreach in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering.

She is a frequent speaker at diverse national conferences, emphasizing sustainable practices and social responsibility. Polastri served as co-chair for the Information Tech, Computer Science and Business Division in the IAJC/ISAM Conference Executive Board.

Polastri has been faculty advisor of the Texas A&M-Kingsville student chapter of SME since 2012 and was selected Professor of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Orebro University, her master’s in business administration, international marketing from Central Missouri State University and her doctorate in technology management from Indiana State University.