Associate Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University.

Professor German's research and teaching deal with the net-shape fabrication of engineering materials via sintering techniques as used in powder metallurgy, cemented carbides, and ceramics. His appointments have included the following:

  • Dean of Engineering Research, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University (2008 on)
  • Chaired Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University (2005-2008)
  • Brush Chair Professor in Materials and Director of the Center for Innovative Sintered Products at Penn State University (1991-2006)
  • Hunt Professor of Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1980-1991)
  • Director of Research, J. M. Ney Co., Bloomfield, CT (1978-1980)
  • Director of R&D, Mott Metallurgical Corp., Farmington, CT (1977-1978)
  • Technical Staff Member, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA (1969-1977) Materials Scientist, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, OH (1968-1969).

Rand obtained his PhD from the University of California at Davis (1975), following an MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University (1971) and an honor’s BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from San Jose State University (1968). He has distinguished alumnus awards from all three schools. In addition he completed a management science program at the RPI’s Hartford Graduate Center and an intensive management program at Harvard.

He has an honorary doctorate from the University Carlos III de Madrid. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, American Powder Metallurgy Institute, and American Ceramic Society. His awards include the Tesla Medal, Nanyang Professorship, Japan Institute for Materials Research Lectureship, Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award and Premiere Research Award, Distinguished Research Award from the Japan Society for Powder Metallurgy, University of California at Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, The Ohio State University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, San Jose State University Award of Distinction, Technical Development Award from the Japan Institute of Metals, Honorary Member of Alpha Sigma Mu, Society of Automotive Engineers Teetor Award, Honorary Professorship at Northeast University of Technology, RPI Early Career Award, Geisler Young Metallurgist Award, Kuczynski Prize, and Samsonov Prize. He is listed in several Who's Who and serves as an editor or key reader for more than 20 journals and held several director positions, including two terms with APMI, and served on the Fellows Awards Committee of two professional societies. He headed 19 chaired professor searches. Rand is currently on the board of directors of International Nontoxic Composites and Allomet, and serves on the Technical Advisory Board for Pangaea Ventures Funds I, II, and III. He has been involved in dozen start-up companies.

Professor German has supervised more than 100 theses, published over 980 articles, 24 patents, and 17 books, including Mathematical Relations in Particulate Materials Processing (2008), Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials Processing (2005), Liquid Phase Sintering (1985), Sintering Theory and Practice (1996), and Powder Injection Molding - Design and Applications (2003). He edited 19 books and co-chaired more than 30 conferences. Rand can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by telephone at 858-922-4985.