Prof. Mordechai Perl
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
Prof. Emeritus Mordechai Perl is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva Israel, and is the first incumbent of the Aaron Fish Chair in Mechanical Engineering-Fracture Mechanics. He obtained his D.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in 1979, and was an active and prominent tenured faculty member at the Technion, where he served in many academic and administrative capacities for fourteen years. In 1995, Prof. Perl joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at BGU and served as Associate Dean for Academic Development (1996-2001), Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1998-2000), and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (2000-2003). Prof. Perl was appointed member of the Israeli Higher Education Council by the President of the State of Israel (1997-2001). He retired from BGU in 2014.
Prof. Perl's main research field is Facture Mechanics, and he is a renowned expert on the: Fatigue and Fracture of Thick-Walled Autofrettaged Cylinders and Spheres with major emphasis on Gun Barrels. He published more than one hundred papers in the archival literature, and participated in over a hundred international conferences. He served as Chairman, member of the organizing committee, and editorial committee of a number of international conferences, and is a member of several national and international professional organizations.
Prof. Perl promoted quality teaching throughout his career, and was elected Outstanding Lecturer numerous times. He taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervised more than 37 graduate students towards the M.Sc. and PhD. degrees.
Prof. Perl was also a faculty member and a visiting scholar and professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Florida International University in Miami, National University of Singapore, University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand, Tokyo University of Science, Japan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Prof. Perl has a vast professional experience in industry and serves as a consultant to: The Israeli Military Industries, Israel Electric Company, The Government of Israel, Spillis and Candela & Partners, and Soltam Systems among others.
Prof. Perl is a Fellow of the ASME, and the Recipient of the 2018 ASME S. Y. Zamrik Pressure Vessels and Piping Medal.