Steven P. Nichols, a mechanical engineering professor, has received the 2008 Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award for making significant contributions to the engineering profession at the Cockrell School of Engineering. Nichols’ work at the university has encouraged entrepreneurship, education and commercialization experiences for students from the Cockrell School as well as other schools and colleges within the university. Nichols is the director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center and holds the Clint W. Murchison, Sr. Chair of Free Enterprise.