University of South Carolina Site Director
Professor A. P. (Tony) Reynolds: Reynolds is currently the Frank B. Herty Bicenntennial Chair in Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He obtained his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Virginia in 1990. Subsequently, he spent five years at NASA-Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia working in aerospace alloy development and development of specialized mechanical test techniques for fatigue and fracture evaluation. In 1995 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2007. Since 1998, Tony has been performing research primarily in the area of friction-based processes for joining, forming, and microstructural modification: since 2004 he has been the USC site director for the Center for Friction Stir Processing which originated as an NSF-I/UCRC. During his time at USC Tony has been PI on more than $10M of funded research, and published numerous papers (over 7200 citations, H-index=44). Sponsors of his research include NASA, ONR, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Airbus, Bombardier, Alcoa, Alcan, Constellium and many others. He has served as a proposal reviewer for several government agencies and is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Fatigue, Science, and Technology of Welding and Joining, and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, A. Tony has mentored 10 PhD’s and 18 master’s students to completion of their degrees. He has also supervised 14 visiting scholars from outside the US.