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Student Awards and Honors

Avanish Mishra, PhD student of Professor Steven Wereley, received dual first-place awards in the poster and video contests at the 2014 American Electrophoresis Society (AES) meeting, which took place under the umbrella of the AIChE annual meeting, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Daniel Woods and Jacob Miller earned First Place in the Student Paper Competition at the 26th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise held in conjunction with IDETC/CIE 2014: The 2014 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.

At the recent National Conference of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) in Fort Lauderdale, FL, several Mechanical Engineering students were recognized for their achievements. Yangfan Liu and Bao Tong, both PhD students, were named winners of the Student Paper competition. Bao presented his research on sound propagation from aircraft in flight, and Yangfan spoke about the visualization of high frequency sound fields. Further, Daniel Woods, also a PhD student, was the winner of the Classic Paper competition, for his presentation of a Leo Beranek paper on modeling reverberation in rooms.

Jian Gao, grad student of Professor Jun Chen, received the Robert T. Knapp Award at the 2014 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting in Chicago. The award is presented for the “most outstanding original paper dealing with analytical or laboratory research in fluids engineering."

Nikhil Bajaj, Jayender Bhardwaj, Bin-da Chan, Yan Cui, Yan Gu, Kyung-Min Hong, Stephen Musick, and Matthew Rau have received this year's Magoon Award. The honor recognizes outstanding teaching assistants and instructors through the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon award. The selection is made by both faculty and students to recognize those students who were exemplary in their work as teaching assistants or instructors.

Chun Chen, grad student of Prof. Qingyan Chen, and Yan Wang, grad student of Prof. Xiulin Ruan, are both Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship recipients for 2014-2015.
Brandon Woodland, grad student of Profs. Eckhard Groll and James Braun, has received the James V. Stack Fellowship.

Hyoungsoon Lee, grad student of Prof. Issam Mudawar, and Xin Zhao, grad student of Prof. Yung Shin, have both received College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Awards.
Blake Hylton was the Mechanical Engineering recipient of the Engineering Outstanding Service Scholarship, which is awarded to one graduate student in each school of engineering.
Andrew Cross, PhD student of Professor Farshid Sadeghi, has received the 2014 Walter D. Hodson Award from the Society of Tribolgists and Lubrication Engineers for the paper, "Flow Visualization in a Pocketed Thrust Washer."  The award will be presented at the STLE annual meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on May 19.
Naseem Daher, PhD student of Professor Monika Ivantysynova and graduate researcher at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center, has been selected to receive the SAE 2013 Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from the Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (ComVEC). Naseem’s presentation titled "Pump Controlled Steer-by-Wire System" was selected by those in attendance of the ComVEC that was held on Oct. 1-3, 2013 in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

Astitva Tripathi and Prof. Anil Bajaj's paper titled "Design for 1:2 Internal Resonances in In-Plane Vibrations of Plates with Hyperelastic Materials", was ranked second in the VIB Conference Student Paper Competition. The conference was part of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) in Portland, Oregon, August 5-7, 2013.

Zhenghui Sha and Dr. Jitesh H. Panchal were awarded the 2013 Robert E. Fulton Systems Engineering, Information and Knowledge Management (SEIKM) Best Paper Award by the Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) division of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Their paper titled "Estimating the Node-level Behaviors in Complex Networks from Structural Datasets" was presented on August 6th, 2013 during the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference (IDETC) in Portland, Oregon. The SEIKM Technical Committee of the CIE Division is focused on three general domains, representations, technologies and applications, as they apply to the integration of systems engineering and knowledge & information management.
Nelson James won first place in the Technical Presentation Competition at the 37th Annual Board Meeting and Conference for the GEM National ConsortiumNelson is a second year Master’s GEM Fellow studying Mechanical Engineering with Professors James Braun and Eckhard Groll.  His presentation was on his summer research project, Absorption Heat Pump Water Heaters.   His summer research internship was with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who sponsored his trip to the GEM Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Devarajan Ramanujan, William Benjamin, and William Z. Bernstein along with Professors Niklas Elmqvist and Karthik Ramani were awarded the 2013 Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference Best Paper Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Findings of the work done at Purdue University were detailed in a paper presented on August 5 during the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference (IDETC) in Portland, Oregon. Details of the paper titled "shapeSift: Suggesting sustainable options in design reuse from part repositories" can be found here: . The Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC) covers theoretical and practical aspects of DFX and product life-cycle management (PLM) encompassing areas such as sustainable design, supply chain, life cycle decision making and algorithms in design.

Susan Ritchey received the Outstanding Paper Award in Thermal for “Effects of non-uniform heating on two-phase flow through microchannels,” co-authored by herself, Justin Weibel, and Suresh Garimella, at the ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packing and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems (InterPACK), Burlingame, CA, July 16-18, 2013
Udbhau Bhattiprolu received the best presentation award at the 2013 International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics, in Pisa, Italy.  Udbhau is a Ph. D. student working with Prof. Anil Bajaj and Prof. Patricia Davies at the Ray. W. Herrick Labs in the School of Mechanical Engineering. His presentation was on their paper entitled "Efficient predictions of the steady-state response of a beam interacting with viscoelastic materials". 

Nonlinear and viscoelastic behavior is exhibited by materials such as flexible polyurethane foam used for cushioning in the furniture and automotive industries, building soils and biological materials such as muscle tissue, skin etc. To design systems that incorporate these materials as support structures, it is necessary to be able to understand and predict the static and dynamic behavior of these systems. The focus of the presented work was on developing a method to obtain the response of a beam interacting with viscoelastic materials using efficient numerical techniques, and there by understand the response over a wider range of parameters.
Kim Saviers
Stephen Hodson
Kimberly Saviers and Stephen Hodson, PhD students of Timothy Fisher, received the 2012 Best Aerospace Power Systems Student Paper Award at the 2012 IECEC Conference. The journal version of the paper, titled "Carbon Nanotube Arrays for Enhanced Thermal Interfaces to Thermoelectric Modules," is available here.
Dat Le Dat Le, PhD student of Greg Shaver, has received a Best Presentation Award at the 2013 American Control Conference for his presentation entitled "Dynamic Modeling of Piezo-Electric Injector-Enabled Rate Shaping".
Naseem Daher, PhD student of Professor Monika Ivantysynova and graduate researcher at the Maha Fluid Power Research Center, has been awarded the highly competitive and prestigious Ingersoll-Rand Fellowship.  The fellowship is awarded to PhD students with outstanding academic record who are nominated by their major professor based on research progress, performance, publications and presentation.
Karthik Bodla, PhD student of Professor Suresh Garimella, received the Best Paper of the Session Award at the Indiana IMAPS Vendor's Day and Mini-Symposium, April 2013, for his presentation "Thermal Transport Analysis and Design of Sintered Porous Wick Microstructures."  The honor included a plaque and cash award.
Altug Ozcelikkale, PhD student of Professor Bumsoo Han, received the Outstanding Paper Award at the ASME 2013 2nd Global Congress on Nanoengineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB 2013), which was held at Boston from February 4th to 6th. The title of the paper is "Effects of freezing on collagen nanostructure of engineered tissues." He was selected among approximately 100 participants in the paper competition.  The other co-authors are Yan Li and Professor Xianfan Xu.
Choongbae Park, a graduate student of Prof. Steven Wereley, received the best poster award in the Fluids Division in the Micro-Nano Forum at the 2012 ASME/IMECE Congress for his poster "Twin Vortex Flow Generation under a Non-Uniform Alternating Electric Field and Optical Illumination."  The honor included a certificate and cash prize presented by ASME/IMECE 2012 Chair Aaron Knobloch.

Ryan Schultz and Michael Hayward, two graduate students at the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, were named the winners of the Old Meets New competition at INTER-NOISE 2012 in New York City.  In this competition, students presented classic papers on noise control.  Ryan Schultz presented and discussed a paper by L.L. Beranek and G.A. Work on sound transmission through fuselage structures dating from 1948, and Michael Hayward presented and discussed a paper by F.V. Hunt, L.L. Beranek and D.Y. Maa on sound decay in rooms from 1939.   Michael also won the student paper competition based on his written article and oral presentation.  Ryan has just finished a MSME degree at the Ray W. Herrick Labs under the supervision of J. Stuart Bolton, and Michael is pursuing a MSME degree under the supervision of Patricia Davies and J. Stuart Bolton.
Graduate student Susmita Dash has been selected to receive the 2012 EPPD Student Member Award by the Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division of the IEEE/ASME.  The award is given once annually in recognition of a current student member who has excelled in research and has shown promise to be a strong contributor in the field of electronic and photonic packaging..
Graduate student Trevor Hedman received the Arthur D. Rhea Award for the Best Paper Presented for Energetic Components and Systems Technical Committee at the 47th AIAA JPC meeting. Trevor is a SMART Fellow and is co-advised by Steve Son and Bob Lucht.

An all-woman Purdue University team including mechanical engineering students Rachel Lindsay and Sarah Small won the third annual Stryker Engineering Challenge, Sept. 27-28 at the Stryker Medical Division of Stryker Corp. in Portage, Mich. The challenge asked the teams to tackle five robotic tasks that simulate real-life medical needs. They ranged from transferring an automobile accident victim up a steep incline to assisting with emergency surgical procedures. Each team member won an iPad3 and a chance to interview for a summer internship with Stryker. The Purdue group competed against teams from the University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, and Western Michigan University. Team advisers were Jerry Matthews, director of the Office for Industrial Experience in the School of Mechanical Engineering, and Neal Widmer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering technology in the College of Technology.
A paper co-authored by Yung Shin and his graduate student Shaoyi Wen received the best paper of the year award, among the papers published in the Journal of Laser Applications.  JLA is the official journal of the Laser Institute of America.  The award was presented at the 2012 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro–Optics.
Kelly Rickey won the 1st place Best Student Presentation Award for 2012 at the SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference for her presentation titled, "Effects of rapid thermal processing and pulse-laser sintering on CdTe nano films for photovoltiac applications."
A paper by Andrew Sabater, Vijay Kumar, Aamer Mahmood, and Jeffrey Rhoads, "On the Nonlinear Dynamics of Electromagnetically-Transduced Microresonators,"  received the Best Paper Award at the 6th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems held in conjunction with IDETC/CIE 2012: The 2012 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.

A paper titled "Thermal and mechanical modeling analysis of laser-assisted micro-milling of difficult-to-machine alloys", which was co-authored by the graduate students Hongtao Ding and Ninggang Shen, and Professor Yung Shin is the most downloaded paper in the Journal of Materials Processing Technology.  Hongtao Ding was awarded the Ward A. Lambert Graduate Teaching Fellowship for Spring 2012 and is currently teaching ME365.
Carrie Hall was awarded the Ward A. Lambert Graduate Teaching Fellowship for Spring 2012 and Fall 2012.  The Lambert Fellowship is for ME Doctoral students who have a strong potential and desire for an academic career.  The Fellowship Endowment provides the School to help such students develop knowledge in pedagogy and modern effective teaching techniques, as well as provide meaningful in-class teaching experience under the guidance of "master teachers".   (01/12)
Gayatri Adi won a best paper presentation award - 2nd best overall (out of over 70 paper presentations), at the 2011 International Conference on Advances in Energy Research (ICAER), held 12/9 - 12/11 on the campus of IIT Bombay, for her presentation: "Closed-Loop Control of Fuel-Flexible Compression Ignition Engines".   During the trip, Gayatri also gave a presentation summarizing both her work, and that of her colleagues, at the Cummins Research and Technology India (CRTI) in Pune, India.   (12/11)
Justin Weibel recently won the prestigious EPPD Student Member of the Year Award from the Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division of the ASME.  The award is given once annually and recognizes a current student who has excelled in research and has shown promise to be a strong contributor in the field of electronic and photonic packaging.    (12/11)
Daniel Kiracofe An article by Ph.D. student Daniel Kiracofe and professor Arvind Raman , "Quantitative force and dissipation measurements in liquids using piezo-excited atomic force microscopy: a unifying theory", was chosen as the Publisher's Pick by the journal Nanotechnology.  Read the article and an interview here.   (12/11)

ME teams won 1st and 2nd place awards at the recent Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium poster competition

1st Place
Title: Discovering Material Recovery Scenarios for Industrial Machinery: A Case-Based Approach
Authors: William Z. Bernstein, Devarajan Ramanujan, Mikko Koho, Fu Zhao, Karthik Ramani

2nd Place
Title: An Experimental Investigation of Coal and Biomass Gasification in a Laboratory Scale Optically Accessible Gasifier
Authors: Indraneel Sircar, Anup Sane, Brent Rankin, Rohan Gejji, Daniel Guildenbecher, Robert Lucht, Jay P. Gore
Pinaki Bhattacharya received a best paper award in the 2011 Dassault Systems Simula Corp. Research Paper Contest.   (09/11)
Ed Koeberlein was awarded a best presentation award for his presentation at the 2011 American Control Conference in San Francisco, which was held June 29 - July 1, 2011.
The Libraries awarded Dr. Ian Bell its second annual Open Access award for making the Herrick Laboratories conference series available through e-pubs on the Web.

The Purdue Libraries make an annual award to a person or group at Purdue that has made an exceptional contribution to extending the reach of Purdue scholarship.   The Libraries awarded Dr. Ian Bell its second annual Open Access award for his outstanding contributions to broadening the reach of the Herrick Laboratories’ conference series through his significant investment of time, resources, energy, and forethought in the preparation of papers and descriptive, metadata information and deposit within Purdue e-Pubs. His service to Herrick Labs, to the School of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Engineering, Purdue University and to scholars around the world will serve to greatly enhance the transfer of knowledge from our university by building bridges to scholarship made available through the Libraries.  This award is a sincere token of appreciation for the real-world application of such forward-thinking principles and actions.

Sarah McGuire was recently awarded a Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. The award is named for Dr. Leo Beranek, Co-Founder of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.  He is an acoustics expert, former MIT professor and a Founder and former President of Bolt, Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies).
Hongtao Ding Undergraduate student  Brian Lee is one of eighteen students from across the United States who have been selected to participate in the 2011 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program, which gives minority college students the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship within the NASCAR industry.  The program features internships offered by NASCAR offices, sponsors, licensees, teams, tracks, and broadcast partners.  Brian will be interning at the NASCAR Research and Development Center.  For more information on the program, visit the NASCAR Diversity site.   (08/11)

Susmita Dash, Mercy Dicuangco, and Ram Ranjan are coauthors of two papers that won First Place Awards in the Best Poster competition at the recent interPACK conference in Portland, Oregon.   (07/11)


Category - Advanced  Packaging and Materials
Title - Single-step fabrication and characterization of ultrahydrophobic surfaces with hierarchical roughness.
Authors - Susmita Dash, Niru Kumari, Mercy Dicuangco and Suresh V. Garimella

Category - Thermal Management
Title - An Experimentally Validated Model for Transport in Thin, High Thermal Conductivity, Low CTE Heat Spreaders
Authors - Ram Ranjan, Jayathi Murthy, Suresh V. Garimella and David Altman

Hongtao Ding Doctoral student Hongtao Ding and Professor Yung Shin received the best paper award with the paper titled "Dislocation density-based grain refinement modeling of orthogonal cutting of commercially pure titanium"  at the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference held in Corvallis, Oregon in June, 2011.   This paper was selected from more than 180 papers presented at the conference.   (07/11)
Andrew O'bannon Andrew O'Bannon, a junior in mechanical engineering, has been selected by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to be a 2011-12 DAAD Young Ambassador.  In this role he will have the opportunity to connect with fellow students and share with them his experience of studying abroad, and encourage them to take advantage of similar opportunities.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education and represents the German higher education system abroad, promotes Germany as an academic and research destination, and helps build ties between institutions around the world.   (07/11)
Christian Tate, a dual major ME senior, has been selected as the 2011 Outstanding Senior in Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.  Awardees are chosen based upon academic success, demonstrated commitment to their major, balance of academic load with extracurricular activities and/or employment, and demonstrated leadership ability.   (04/11)

Visit the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior Award page.

Jordan Kelleher recently received a best poster award for his contribution to the 9th International conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology. The tile of his poster was “Does tissue anisotropy influence the fundamental frequency of vocal fold vibration?”

Jordan is a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and works with Prof. Thomas Siegmund.

The best poster award was given as a part of the COST Action 2103 summer school on “Modeling and Assessment of the Human Voice”. The summer school was held at various locations on the campus of The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. The summer school was immediately followed by the 9th International conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology. The conference, AQL, spanned two days with presentations from researchers from all across Europe, South Korea, and the USA.   (10/10)

Ph.D. students Sundar Murugappan and Manish Goyal are part of a Computational Design Lab group led by Professor Karthik Ramani that has been awarded the best student paper award in the International CAD Conference and Exhibition held in Dubai, UAE in June 2010. The paper titled PCS: Prominent Cross-Sections for Mesh Models was authored by Subramani Sellamani, Ramanathan Muthuganapathy, Yagnanarayanan Kalyanaraman, Sundar Murugappan, Manish Goyal, and Karthik Ramani from Mechanical Engineering and Christoph M. Hoffman from Computer Sciences. 09/10
Doctoral student Tannaz Harirchian and Professor Suresh Garimella received the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence, 2009,  for outstanding work in the field of thermal analysis of electronic equipment. This is an award for the best paper from 2009 in the thermal management community, and was given at SemiTHERM2010 in Santa Clara, CA, for the paper entitled "Boiling Heat Transfer and Flow Regimes in Microchannels – a Comprehensive Understanding" which was presented at THERMINIC conference in Leuven, Belgium, in October 2009.   (03/10)
Ankur Ashtekar
John McHale

Graduate students Margaret Matheson and Milan Visaria have each earned a Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship provides support to outstanding PhD candidates in their final year of doctoral degree completion. Bilsland Fellows are expected to devote full-time effort to the completion of all doctoral degree requirements and to receive the doctoral degree at the conclusion of the fellowship tenure. This award provides a stipend, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, payment of fees and a medical insurance supplement.   (03/10)

Andrew Jessop Andrew Jessop was selected to receive the USDOT FAA Centers of Excellence Outstanding Student of the Year Award in recognition of his work for PARTNER in structural acoustics and noise control.  The honor comes with a $1000 cash award and certificate, which will be presented at the next PARTNER Advisory Board meeting in Chapel Hill, NC in March.   (03/10)

James Davis, Tyler Davis, Madhusudan Kodam, Ryan S. Lee, Margaret Mathison, Saumyadip Mukhopadhyay, and Trevor Owen have received this year's Magoon Award. The honor recognizes outstanding teaching assistants and instructors through the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon award. The selection is made by both faculty and students to recognize those students who were exemplary in their work as teaching assistants or instructors.  (03/10)

Magoon winners 2010
Ankur Ashtekar
John McHale

Ankur Ashtekar and John McHale have both received the 2010 College of Engineering Outstanding Service Award.  The award, which includes a $2000 scholarship, recognizes current engineering graduate students who have provided outstanding service to the graduate student community, the School, the College, and/or University.  (02/10)

Stephen Zielinski, a senior in mechanical engineering, recently received the top undergraduate award for the poster entitled "Melt-water vapor explosive interaction – triggering and suppression", in the Dewitt Poster Session on Undergraduate Research in the Thermal/Fluid Sciences at the ASME First Annual Society Wide Student Poster Competition in Heat Transfer during the International Mechanical Engineering Congress held in Orlando Florida.

The DeWitt Poster Session is named in honor of former Purdue Mechanical Engineering Professor David P. DeWitt. (12/09)

Margaret Mathison, Avik Sarkar, and Monica Susilo are the recipients of the Lambert Teaching Fellowship for 2009-2010.  The Ward A. Lambert Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering was established in memory of Ward Lambert who was a legendary Purdue baseball and basketball coach. The fellowship is funded by gifts solicited from the School of Mechanical Engineering alumni, and is for ME doctoral graduate students who have the potential and desire to pursue an academic career. The fellows are paired with master teachers from the School of Mechanical Engineering who serve as mentors during the one-year fellowship period.   (11/09)

Doctoral student Tannaz Harirchian has been selected as the recipient of the EPPD Student Member Award by the Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division of the IEEE/ASME.  The award is given once annually in recognition of a current student member who has excelled in research and has shown promise to be a strong contributor in the field of electronic and photonic packaging.   (10/09)
Herrick Laboratories' Ph.D. student Yoon-shik Shin was recently honored with the Institute of Noise Control Engineering Student Paper Competition prize for his paper "Inflow Treatment for Small Scale Axial Fans Under Unfavorable Inflow Conditions" presented at INTER-NOISE 2009, in Ottawa, Canada.

The award is judged on the basis of the quality of both the written article and the oral presentation, and Yoon-shik will receive a cash prize of $1000.  Yoon-shik is supervised by Profs. J. Stuart Bolton and Luc Mongeau, and his work was partially supported by the Cooling Technologies Research Consortium in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.  (09/09)

Ph.D. student Sundar Murugappan and Professor Karthik Ramani were awarded the 2009 Prakash Krishnaswami CAPPD Best Paper Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) division. Findings were detailed in a paper presented Sept. 1 during the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Technical Conference in San Diego. FEAsy (Finite Element Analysis Made Easy) analyzes designs from raw sketches to speed parts and product creation. Read full details here.  (09/09)

Subramanyaravi (Ravi) Annapragada and Niru Kumari, Ph.D. students working with Professors Suresh Garimella and Jayathi Murthy, recently won Best Poster Prizes for two papers at The ASME/Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of Micro, Nano, and Electronic Systems (InterPACK '09), in San Francisco.  (07/09)

Brandon Coats, Tyler Davis, Lee Kress, Andrew C.S. Lee, Ryan S. Lee, and Carolynn Walthall have received this year's Magoon Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching assistants and instructors through the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon award. The selection is made by both faculty and students to recognize those students who were exemplary in their work as teaching assistants or instructors.  (05/09)

Bill Conley, a Ph.D. student with Profs. Arvind Raman and Chuck Krousgrill, has been nominated to represent the School of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students to receive this year's Outstanding Student Award sponsored by the Purdue Student Engineering Foundation and the Engineering Alumni Association.  Bill was recognized for this award at the College of Engineering Honors Reception on April 19, 2009.  (04/09)
Subramanyaravi (Ravi) Annapragada, a Ph.D. student working with Professors Suresh Garimella and Jayathi Murthy, has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Service Scholarship for his commitment and effort in enhancing the Graduate Student community within the School of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Purdue. He received a financial gift from the Vincent P. Reilly Scholarship fund in recognition of his accomplishment.  (03/09)

Vaibhav Bahadur, Niru Kumari, and professor Suresh Garimella have had a paper selected by the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering to be among those showcased in their Highlights of 2008.  Articles chosen for this designation were deemed to be those that best represent the high quality and breadth of the contributions published in the journal in the past year. (03/09)

Robert Nacke, Brittany Northcutt, and professor Issam Mudawar have received a Rolls-Royce Milestone Award for their design of a new air-to-fuel heat exchanger for high Mach turbine engines. The researchers were honored by Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc.'s Liberty Works on Feb. 21 at an event in Brownsburg, Ind. The Purdue project is part of the university's Rolls-Royce University Technology Center in High Mach Propulsion.  (03/09)

Several ME graduate students were winners in Purdue University's 22nd annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition in Discovery Park.  Liquid Qinetics, a company focused on manipulating liquid droplets through a light-pattern technology, won the $15,000 second prize in the Gold Division. Presenters were graduate students Aloke Kumar, Han-Sheng Chuang, and Stuart Williams.

Nan Bai and Euiwon Bae are members of BIOSCAT, which received $3,750 for fifth place.  Their company specializes in identification instruments for biological samples.

In addition to the prize money, Ice Miller LLP will provide free legal and consulting services for the top three finishers in the Gold Division. The value of those services is $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place. The top three winners in each division also receive affiliate status at the Purdue Research Park, enabling them to access business services there.  (02/09)

Janette Jaques Meyer, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Doug Adams, has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Service Scholarship for her commitment and effort in enhancing the Graduate Student community within the School of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Purdue. She received a financial gift from the Vincent P. Reilly Scholarship fund in recognition of her accomplishment.  (02/09)
Tyler Dare, a Ph.D. student working with Prof. Bob Bernhard, received the 3M E-A-R Acoustics Scholarship at the Institute of Noise Control Engineering's NOISE-CON 2008 Conference.
Rishikesh Venugopal has been awarded the Russell S. Springer award by the SAE. Rishikesh will be honored with the award at the 2009 SAE World Congress & Exhibition which takes place April 20-23, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  The paper for which the award is based is entitled, "A Review of Fundamental Studies Relevant to Flame Lift-off in Diesel Jets", SAE paper number 2007-01-0134.

This award is given annually by SAE to a lead author of an original and outstanding technical paper which is a distinct contribution to the profession of mobility engineering and for the encouragement of the younger members.

PhD student Soungjin Wou, working with Professor Y. Shin, and his teammates from Bishop Steering Technology, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana have received the Louis Schwitzer Engineering Excellence Award.

The award, presented to engineers by engineers, honors early racing pioneer Louis Schwitzer, and acknowledges individuals with the courage and passion to explore and develop new concepts in racing technology. BorgWarner sponsors this prestigious $10,000 award, which is presented by the Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

SAE International also supports the Louis Schwitzer Award by providing a $2,000 scholarship to the engineering school of the winner's choice, which this year is Purdue University in W. Lafayette, Ind. The winner's names will be added to a permanent trophy on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.  Read the whole story here.

Nathaniel Yoder and Brandon Zwink, graduate students working with Douglas Adams, were awarded 2nd place outstanding paper for the SAMPE '08 conference to be held May 19-22, 2008 in Long Beach, CA, for the paper "Impact Loading and Damage Identification Using Minimal Dynamic Sensing Strategies."

Aloke Kumar and Stuart WIlliams, graduate students working with Steven Werely, received the Best Poster Award at the 2nd annual Birck Nanotechnology Research Review for "Rapid Electrokinetic Patterning of Colloidal Particles with Optical Landscapes."
Han-Sheng Chuang, a graduate student working with Steven Werely, was part of a team that took fourth place in the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurial Competition by developing a business plan for a company named "Flocessor Microfluidic Technologies", to develop a general-purpose, programmable microfluidic lab-on-a-chip device.
Feng Liu, a PhD student working with George Chiu, has been named as one of the two recipients of the 2008 Raymond Davis Scholarship from the Society of Image Science and Technology (IS&T).

Feng will receive the award at the 2008 International Conference on Printing Technology at Pittsburgh in September.

Sarah McGuire, a graduate student working with Patricia Davies, has been selected as a U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aircraft Administration Centers of Excellence Outstanding Student of the Year in recognition of her work to develop metrics that quantify response to aircraft noise.
Michael Steel, a senior in Mechanical Engineering with a Management and Econ minor, won the 2007 Arthur L. Williston Medal for his paper entitled "Solution Timeline for World Energy Needs."  In this paper, Michael demonstrates a smooth transition away from fossil fuels. The plan calls for the funding and development of commercial fusion power and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles on a schedule over the next 50 years.  The Arthur L. Williston Medal is presented for the best paper submitted in the annual competition on a subject chosen to challenge the engineering abilities of engineering students in conformance with the annual contest guidelines.  A contestant must be an ASME Student Member or Associate Member who received a baccalaureate degree not more than two years before the deadline date for submission of papers. Arthur L. Williston, ASME Member, established the medal in 1954. The topic for the 2007 contest was titled "The Energy Issue: Oil Depletion and New Sources of Energy."
Kevin Schoeffel, (PhD student in ME, advisor: Prof. Y.C. Shin) won the 3rd place prize at the student design contest with flexible cladding nozzle design during the 2007 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference.