Dr. Kevin R. Anderson, who is recognized globally for his expertise in materials engineering and material science, was named a senior fellow by Brunswick Corp.
Anderson is the first person in the company to receive the designation. The role of senior fellow is a newly created position and represents the most senior individual technical role at Brunswick.
It is reserved for candidates who have demonstrated performance and skills that drive technical innovation across the entire company and leverage that experience to influence the businesses and industries they serve.
"The position is intended for individuals who are not only at the pinnacle of their discipline, but who are also recognized nationally and internationally for their knowledge and skills," Brunswick chief technology officer David Foulkes said in a statement. "Further they also continue to be engaged in providing practical problem-solving support and advice to all Brunswick divisions."
Senior fellows are expected to exert strategic influence and develop talent in the company's research and development corps, helping to set standards for individual performance and scientific work, Foulkes said.
Anderson has a bachelor’s degree, master's degree and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He joined Mercury Marine in 1998 and his specializations are aluminum and failure analysis, an avocation that the company said he has pursued with distinction for more than 25 years.
At Mercury, Anderson was instrumental in the designing the Mercalloy family of aluminum alloys, which are patented by the engine maker, as well as other materials-related projects across the Brunswick enterprise.
Anderson has been granted 26 U.S. patents and other international patents during his career. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering "for advances in metals recycling through invention of innovative aluminum alloys."
He is also a fellow with ASM International, the world's largest materials society, for "outstanding technological contributions to the aluminum manufacturing industry, and for numerous professional, technical and scientific achievements and commercially important patents" and has received numerous other industry awards and recognitions.