A summary of recent awards, innovations and other accomplishments from the UB MAE community.
Associate Professor Matthew Ringuette has been named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Elektra Ismael, a PhD student in aerospace engineering, received the SMART scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Professor Tarun Singh received the 2022 Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education at UB from the university’s Council on International Studies and Programs.
Professor Shenqiang Ren received the 2022 UB Exceptional Scholar: Sustained Achievement Award, which honors outstanding professional achievement that has been focused on a particular body of work over a number of years.
Two MAE alumni—Dr. Sean Garrick and Dr. Joseph Kolly—have been selected to receive the department’s inaugural alumni awards.
Derek Bourabah, a PhD student in aerospace engineering, won the best student paper award at the Third International Academy of Astronautics Conference on Space Situational Awareness.
A team of undergraduate mechanical and aerospace students mentored by Associate Professor Javid Bayandor, took first place in 2022 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Regional Student Conference.
Professor Deborah D.L. Chung presented the inaugural Millie Dresselhaus Memorial Lecture at MIT.
Assistant Professor Craig Snoeyink received an Early Career Teacher of the Year Award for 2021 from the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Brad Darrall, assistant professor of teaching, received the 2021 Vanderhoef Faculty Award, which is given to a faculty member in MAE who takes the extra effort to coach, mentor, and provide support for students.
Danial Faghihi, assistant professor, received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Title: “CAREER: Reliable Superinsulated Building Envelopes via Predictive Multiphysics Modeling” ($595,593).
Alumnus Dexter Johnson, NASA Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, was named Engineer of the Year by the UB Engineering and Applied Sciences Alumni Association in recognition of his numerous contributions to the aerospace field and dedication to supporting others.
Professor Tarunraj Singh received the Yasundo Takahashi Education Award from the Dynamic Systems & Control Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
John Crassidis, Samuel P. Capen Chair Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor, has received the 2021 American Astronautical Society (AAS) Dirk Brouwer Award, recognizing contributions to spacecraft attitude dynamics, sensor modeling, and optimal estimation.
Associate Professor James Chen has been named an Associate Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Co-authors Souma Chowdhury (associate professor - MAE), Ehsan Esfahani (associate professor - MAE), Kartik Dantu (associate professor - CSE), and Payam Ghassemi (PhD student - MAE) received the 2021 IEEE MRS Conference Best Paper Award for "Learning Robot Swarm Tactics over Complex Adversarial Environments, International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems."
Professor Tarun Singh has been named the recipient of the ASME Dynamics Systems and Control Division (DSCD) 2021 Yasundo Takahashi Education Award.
PhD student Yong Hu received the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, the highest award given by the Chinese government to students studying outside of China. Hu is advised by Professor Shenqiang Ren.
PhD student Yong Hu, who is advised by Professor Shenqiang Ren, received Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver award for academic excellence and distinction.
Assistant Professor Jun Liu received a Young Scientist Award from the journal Mircosystems and Nanoengineering.
A paper authored by Associate Professor Mostafa Nouh and PhD students M. Ali Attarzaheh and Jesse Callanan on nonreciprocal acoustic waves received the 2021 Best Paper Award in Mechanics and Materials Systems by the Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems (ASME) branch of ASME.
Anoop Kiran, an aerospace engineering student, has been named a recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious and competitive research scholarship offered for undergraduate STEM students.
Robert Harrison (BS '83 mechanical engineering) received the Dean's Achievement Award, the highest honor presented by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Cameron Grace, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, received the Harold O. Wolf Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Yong Hu and Payam Ghassemi, both mechanical engineering students, received the SEAS Dean’s Graduate Achievement Award for their significant contributions to the advancement of their fields through the performance of outstanding research.
Charles Barnes, mechanical and aerospace engineering student, received the SEAS Dean’s Undergraduate Achievement Award, which recognizes students who have distinguished themselves through excellence in research and related technical presentations or publications.
UB Robotics took first place at the RIT VEX U tournament, winning the Tournament Champions, the Excellence Award and Robot Skills Champions. The Excellence Award qualified them for the 2020 VEX U World Championship.
Shenqiang Ren, professor, received a new award from the U.S. Department of Energy, “Scalable and Cost-Effective Roll-To-Roll Additive Manufacturing Of Highly Durable And Thermal Insulating Silica-Carbon Aerogel.”
Amin Karami, assistant professor, received a new award from the National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Controlling Flow Separation via Traveling Wave Actuators.”