Stoyan Ivanov Stoychev honored with 2005 SAE Henry O. Fuchs Student Award

Stoyan Ivanov StoychevWarrendale, PA (August 10, 2005) - Stoyan Ivanov Stoychev, a graduate engineering student at Western Michigan University, has been named this year's recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Henry O. Fuchs Student Award. Stoychev received the honor during the SAE Fatigue Design and Evaluation Committee meeting held on April 13 in conjunction with the SAE 2005 World Congress.
This award is given in memory of Professor Henry O. Fuchs and recognizes a graduate student (or recently graduated, i.e., post doctorate or new professor) 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 in the spring and fall.

Stoychev's current research is concentrated on development of new methods for prediction of fatigue crack growth under irregular load histories. He had been working previously on various projects for experimental (interferometry), analytical and numerical (FEA) projects for estimation of the fatigue crack driving force. He also developed and is continuously improving the automated fatigue and fracture testing system at Western Michigan University.
Stoychev received both his master's and bachelor's degrees in automotive engineering from the Technical University, in Sofia, Bulgaria.