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NASA Computer Scientists Receive SAE Award for Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 17, 2007 - Upender Kaul and Nikunj Oza, computer scientists at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., received SAE International's Arch T. Colwell Merit Award at the SAE 2007 World Congress.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE or SAE section meeting.  The late Arch T. Colwell, who first funded this award, served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941. 

The SAE Foundation now 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.

Kaul and Oza were recognized for co-authoring the paper, "Machine Learning for Detecting and Locating Damage in a Rotating Gear" (SAE paper 2005-01-3371).

Upender KaulUpender Kaul
Kaul is a computer scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center.  He has more than 27 years of research and development experience in the field of computational sciences. 

Kaul has published more than 60 technical documents, including archival journal articles, book articles, and refereed conference papers.  He has two pending U.S. patents filed by NASA.  Kaul has earned many awards from NASA, including four NASA Tech Brief Innovation Awards, the NASA Group Achievement Award, and the NASA Software Release Award.  He also has received a Joint Group Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Patent Fund Award from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Senior Research Associateship Award from the National Research Council.  He is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering for 2000-01.  He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Kaul earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Nikunj OzaNikunj Oza
Oza is a computer scientist in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center.  He is also an associate principal investigator of architectures, databases, and systems integration for the NASA Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring program.

An editorial board member for the journal International Fusion, Oza has authored more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.  His research has earned him a NASA Incentive Award and a Best Presentation Award at an international conference.  He is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Oza holds a bachelor's in mathematics and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master's and doctorate in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.  He resides in San Jose, Calif.