Gary M. Sandquist, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the nuclear engineering program at the University of Utah, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The rank is reserved for people with at least 10 years professional experience and significant engineering achievement. Founded in 1880 as an educational technical society, ASME has more than 90,000 members.Sandquist was elected to the distinguished grade by the society's board of governors.

A United Nations-International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear science expert, Sandquist has written more than 200 papers and two books. He has also directed numerous research contracts.

He is 1984 recipient of the Glenn Murphy Award from the American Society of Engineering Education for "notable professional contributions to graduate and undergraduate teaching."

A member of the faculty since 1962, Sandquist has been a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

He is a member of the American Health Physics Society, a former senior nuclear engineer with Phillips Petroleum Co.'s Atomic Energy Division, and a former staff member at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico, where he researched and analyzed nuclear reactor systems.