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Dr. Kemper Lewis to receive 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Warrendale, PA, Feb. 10, 2004 - Dr. Kemper Lewis of the University at Buffalo (State University of New York) has been selected to receive the 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Lewis, along with eight other recipients, will be presented with the award on March 9, 2004 during the Honors Convocation at the SAE 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award annually recognizes outstanding engineering educators, offering them an opportunity to become acquainted with the professional activities of the automotive and aerospace industries. The program accomplishes this by underwriting the costs of bringing award recipients to the SAE World Congress & Exposition in Detroit, Michigan, or an aerospace industry meeting. Established in 1965, this award is funded through a generous contribution by the late Ralph R. Teetor, 1936 SAE President, who believed that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers.

Lewis is an associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo. His research focuses on the development of decision support tools for large-scale systems characterized by multiobjectives, multiple subsystems, and multidimensions. Foundational to this research is fundamental work in multiobjective optimization, game theory, scientific visualization, decision theory, and meta-modeling. Application of these concepts have included flexible engineering systems, decentralized design processes, group decision making, visual design steering, and probabilistic optimization. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses, is the director of the combined BS/MBA programs in both mechanical and aerospace engineering, and also serves on the undergraduate education committee.

Lewis has been the recipient of 17 different awards including Tau Beta Pi's Professor of the Year (2002-2003), the Black and Decker Best Paper Award at ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences (Design Automation, 2002) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1999). He is a member of SAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO). He earned his doctoral and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a dual bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and mathematics from Duke University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo.