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Aerospace Engineering Professors to Receive SAE International Educational Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 17, 2009 - Two engineering professors have been selected to receive SAE International’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. They will be presented their awards during the SAE 2009 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, to be held Nov. 10-12 in Seattle.

The award, established in 1953, recognizes and honors younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet the challenges that face society. The award honors the late Ralph R. Teetor, 1936 SAE International President, who believed that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers. It is funded through the SAE Foundation and administered by the Teetor Educational Award Committee.

The recipients are:

Azer P. Yalin

Yalin is an associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at Colorado State University (CSU). His research focuses on laser-based diagnostics and non-intrusive measurements of gases and plasmas. He also serves as Director of CSU’s NASA Space Grant Program and as faculty adviser to the AIAA Student Chapter.

Yalin has 30 journal publications, 50 conference proceedings and presentations, and three patents. His awards include the Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award from CSU’s College of Engineering.

Yalin received a bachelor’s in engineering physics from Queen’s University, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University.

To set up an interview with Yalin, contact Lana Hoff or Emily Narvaes Wilmsen of CSU at or

Thomas E. Lacy, Jr.

Lacy is an associate professor of aerospace engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). His research and teaching interests include aircraft and automotive structures, computational solid mechanics, durability and damage tolerance, and composite materials.

A licensed professional engineer, Lacy has published more than 40 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Among his honors are a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship as well as a Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Teaching Intern Fellowship. He has served as a consultant on both industry and government research and development projects and routinely mentors undergraduate student design teams, including the MSU SAE Heavy Lift Air Vehicle Student Design Team.

Lacy holds master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.