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SAE International Honors Oakland University Alumnus, Professors for Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 4, 2007 - An alumnus and two professors from Oakland University received SAE International's Myers Award for Outstanding Student Paper at the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, April 16-19.

The award, established in 1998, recognizes the best technical paper written by a student and presented at a major SAE meeting. The award honors Dr. Phil Myers, former SAE President and retired professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The SAE Foundation funds this award. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

The following authors are being honored for their paper, "Cycle-Averaged Heat Flux Measurements in a Straight-Pipe Extension of the Exhaust Port of an SI Engine" (SAE Paper #2006-01-1033).

Mario Farrugia Mario Farrugia
Farrugia is the lead author of the award-winning paper, which he wrote as a doctorate student at Oakland University. He is now a lecturer in the mechanical engineering department of the University of Malta, where he specializes in thermodynamics and heat transfer. Previously, he worked for Enemalta Corportion, the main energy supplier of Malta. He also worked at Delimara Power Station as a mechanical maintenance engineer and later as a project engineer.

Farrugia has nine published documents. A member of SAE International, he is also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, both England-based organizations. He is also a Chartered Engineer in England.

Farrugia received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Malta, his master's in mechatronics from the University of Hull, England, and his doctorate at Oakland University. He resides in Birkirkara, Malta.


Alexandros Alkidas Alexandros Alkidas
Alkidas is a visiting professor in the mechanical engineering department at Oakland University, where he teaches graduate courses on combustion and internal combustion engines. In 2005, he retired from the General Motors Research and Development Center, where he worked for 29 years.

The editor-in-chief of the SAE Transactions, Alkidas has published a number of publications in technical journals. He is an SAE Fellow.


Brian Sangeorzan Brian Sangeorzan
Sangeorzan is an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and combustion for 23 years. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the university's SAE student chapter.

A member of SAE International, Sangeorzan serves as a member of the SAE Detroit Section Governing Board, and on a number of SAE committees.

Sangeorzan received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He resides in Rochester Hills, Mich.