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Dr. Alan Nye to Receive 2004 SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 27, 2004 - Dr. Alan Nye, has been selected to receive the Society Automotive Engineers (SAE) Excellence in Engineering Education Award. Nye will be presented with the award on March 9, 2004 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, given annually, recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual toward activities related to the SAE Engineering Education Board (EEB). The award is given for any of the following types of service: promotion of SAE student activities at the international or local levels, contributions that advance engineering education, contributions in support of the SAE Collegiate Design competitions, and promotion of educational related activities at any level.

Nye is a professor and associate department head in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). At RIT, he has been involved in research in the areas of solar energy and alternative fuel vehicles, and has taught courses in mechanics, dynamics, machine design, and problem solving with computers. He is currently the course coordinator for the school's capstone design courses, Senior Design I and II, and, as coordinator, is responsible for generating about thirty engineering projects per year. Nye has also been the faculty advisor for RIT's entries in the SAE student design competitions including Formula SAE, Aero Design, Mini Baja East, and the alternative fuel competitions, Sunrayce and Methanol Marathon.

Nye is an active member of SAE, serving on the Society's Board of Directors from 1994 to 1998. Prior to that, he had served on the SAE Engineering Education Board and was a leader in the movement to give the Engineering Education Board an automatic nomination to the Board of Directors giving engineering education a stronger presence within the organization. He has also given many years of service to the SAE Western New York Section, serving as the local chapter's chair from 1987-88 and, again, from 1998-99.

Nye earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University. He went on to earn his doctorate in mechanical and aerospace sciences from the University of Rochester, and held a post-doctoral appointment at the Sacramento Peak Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico doing research in magnetohydrodynamics of the solar atmosphere.