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Curtis Schmidt to Receive SAE Henry O. Fuchs Student Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 18, 2005 - Curtis SchmidtCurtis Schmidt, a graduate engineering student at the Universityof Tulsa, has been named as the second recipient of the SAE International Henry O. Fuchs Student Award. Schmidt will receive the honor Oct. 18, 2005 during an SAE Fatigue Design and Evaluation Committee meeting at the U.S Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, Mich.

This award, which commemorates Professor Henry O. Fuchs, recognizes a graduate student or recently-graduated student for his or her work in the advancement of engineering practice in the area of fatigue. It is made twice annually by the SAE Fatigue Design and Evaluation Committee.  Schmidt will be recognized for his presentation entitled, “The Influence of a Taper on the Stress Concentration Factor of a Shoulder Filleted Shaft.”

Schmidt’s current research focuses on using ANSYS engineering simulation software to determine how different tapered filleted shaft geometries affect stress concentration factors. He also works part-time as a design engineer at Bertrem Products, where he assists in the manufacture of metal-seated ball valves.

Schmidt holds his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Universityof Tulsa. While an undergraduate, he made the President’s Honor Roll and placed second in the regional American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Conference’s competition for oral presentations. He is also a past Pattie Wilson Johnson Scholarship and Erin White Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Schmidt is a member of SAE International, Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He expects to graduate with his master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006.