Thirteen educators to be honored with 2005 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Warrendale, PA (February 17, 2005) - Thirteen engineering professors have been selected to receive the 2005 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award.

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 an SAE meeting to participate in hosted industry tours and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals. 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.

The awards will be presented during the Honors Convocation on April 12, 2005 at the SAE 2005 World Congress or at the SAE AeroTech Congress & Exhibition on October 5, 2005 as indicated below.

Dr. Eric W. ConstansDr. Eric W. Constans - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Constans is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Rowan University. His current research interests include structural vibrations and acoustics, optimization algorithms, and engineering education. He founded and served as the advisor for the Rowan SAE Mini-Baja team for the past three years. In 2002 he received the 'Wall of Fame' award for excellence in teaching, and he has been a past member of the Rowan Fulbright committee and Faculty Senate. Dr. Constans holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and the Pennsylvania State University, respectively. His doctorate is also from the Penn State University.

Dr. Sergio Enrique Diaz Dr. Sergio Enrique Diaz - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Diaz is an associate professor in the Mechanics Department at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. He heads the school's Applied Engineering Laboratories and serves as advisor for the Formula SAE© Team, the first team from South America to participate in the SAE-sponsored competition. He also serves as advisor for the school's ASME Student Section. His research involves rotating equipment issues related to the lubrication of turbines, aircraft engines and automotive turbochargers. He is a recipient of the Burt Newkirk ASME Award for his contribution to the Field of Tribology. He received both a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree with a specialization on rotating machinery from Universidad Simon Bolivar. He also holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Stefan M. DumaDr. Stefan M. Duma - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Duma is associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Technological University and director of the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics. Dr. Duma developed a new injury biomechanics curriculum that consists of three courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He currently advises 10 Ph.D. students and has graduated an additional 10 graduate students. The focus of his research is on human tolerance to impact loading with applications in automobile safety, sports biomechanics, and military restraints. He has published over 100 technical papers and, in 2002, was named a Fellow in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Duma holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a master's in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Dr. J. Christian Gerdes Dr. J. Christian Gerdes - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Gerdes is currently an assistant professor in the Design Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. He teaches undergraduate machine design, a combined undergraduate and graduate course in vehicle dynamics and control, and a graduate course in system identification techniques. He is also the director of the Dynamic Design Laboratory (DDL), which focuses on the integration of dynamic modeling and control into the mechanical design process. He was recognized by the National Science Foundation in 2002 with the CAREER award and also received the 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Gerdes received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, one in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, and the second in economics with an entrepreneurial management concentration. He also received a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. John K. Gershenson Dr. John K. Gershenson - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Gershenson is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics at Michigan Technological University and directs the Life-cycle Engineering Laboratory. His research interests include: product and process architecture, product platforms, modular product design, lean manufacturing, lean engineering, life-cycle design, design for the environment, industrial ecology, and agile manufacturing processes. He has been honored with the National Science Foundation/Lucent Technologies Industrial Ecology Fellowship, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Leadership Development Award, and the National Science Foundation Japan Institute Fellowship. Dr. Gershenson is a graduate of Cornell University, The Ohio State University, and holds a doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Dr. Wade W. Huebsch Dr. Wade W. Huebsch - 2005 SAE AeroTech Congress recipient
Dr. Huebsch is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at West Virginia University. His research focuses on the area of computational fluid dynamics with emphasis on boundary layer flow control, wing morphing and aircraft icing. Huebsch is also involved in research related to the formation of aircraft contrails. He has received awards from the College of Engineering at WVU for both Outstanding Teacher and Young Researcher of the Year. Dr. Huebsch earned his doctorate in aerospace engineering and his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. His bachelor's degree is from San Jose State.


Dr. Jamey D. JacobDr. Jamey D. Jacob - 2005 SAE AeroTech Congress recipient
Dr. Jacob is professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky. His main research interests include aircraft configuration optimization, low speed aerodynamics, vortex flows, turbulence, bio-fluid flows, and experimental methods. He is the author of over 50 papers and technical reports in the areas of aerodynamics, flow control, and measurement techniques. He has been recognized with several awards including the 2002 Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Teacher Award from his school and the 2002 Governor's Award for Research Excellence. He also served as the National Research Council AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow in 2003 and 2004. Dr. Jacob holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma. His master's degree and doctorate are both from the University of California-Berkeley in mechanical engineering.

Dr. David J. PerreaultDr. David J. Perreault - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Perreault is the Emanuel E. Landsman Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He teaches in the area of circuits and electronics, and is a consultant to industry. His research interests include design, manufacturing, and control techniques for power electronic systems and components, and their use in a wide range of applications. He has been honored with the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and two IEEE prize paper awards. Dr. Perreault received a bachelor's degree from Boston University, and a master's degree and doctorate from MIT, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Amir G. RezaeiDr. Amir G. Rezaei - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Rezaei is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. His research interests are anisotropic elasticity, composite materials, vibration, and electroactive polymers for use in design of modern actuators. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and serves as the SAE student chapter advisor at WVU Tech. He is also the faculty advisor to the SAE Mini Baja and Formula teams at WVU. Dr. Rezaei obtained his bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Dale E. SchinstockDr. Dale E. Schinstock - 2005 SAE AeroTech Congress recipient
Dr. Schinstock is currently a faculty member in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Kansas State University. He teaches courses related to dynamics and controls, instrumentation, and introductory topics in mechanical engineering. His current research projects are in the area of control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and avionics, and he is building a program which focuses on enabling the use of UAV in civilian applications such as remote sensing of ecosystems. He is the recipient of the 2004 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Schinstock holds a bachelor's, master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Timothy A. SheddDr. Timothy A. Shedd - SAE World Congress recipient
Dr. Shedd is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include multiphase flow and heat transfer. Recent projects include the creation of an accurate, flexible model for the fuel flow through small engine carburetors and the study of processes that are important to household and automotive air conditioning systems, refrigeration and steam-driven power generation. He has been recognized with the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, two Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year awards from University of Wisconsin student organizations, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a New Investigator Award from ASHRAE. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Timothy W. SimpsonDr. Timothy W. Simpson - SAE 2005 World Congress recipient
Dr. Simpson is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and industrial engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include product family planning and product platform design, web-based customization, and multidisciplinary design optimization, and he teaches courses in product family design, concurrent engineering, and product dissection. He has been recognized with awards including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, and the 2004 Outstanding Research Award and 2002 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Penn State Engineering Society. Dr. Simpson received his doctoral and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Charles Yang Dr. Charles Yang - 2005 SAE AeroTech Congress recipient
Dr. Yang is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Wichita State University. His areas of research interest include mechanics of composite materials, manufacturing of composite parts, solids mechanics, and adhesive-bonded joints. Some of his current research projects include the investigation of the effects of large coefficient of thermal expansion differences in large hybrid composite/metallic structures, the mechanical behavior of adhesive-bonded composite joints with thick bondlines and repair issues of composite structures. Dr. Yang holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in applied mechanics, both from National Taiwan University. He also holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University.