Dr. Jaydev P. Desai to Receive 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Warrendale, PA (February 11, 2004) - Dr. Jaydev P. Desai of Drexel University has been selected to receive the 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Desai, along with eight other recipients, will be presented with the award on March 9, 2004 during the Honors Convocation at the SAE 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

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 the SAE World Congress & Exposition in Detroit, Michigan, or an aerospace industry meeting. 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.

Desai is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His teaching and research focuses on medical robotics, specifically in the areas of reality-based soft-tissue modeling, modeling and control of robotic systems, and providing the sense of touch to the user (haptic feedback). He spearheaded the development of a state-of-the-art robotics laboratory at Drexel called the Program for Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Mechatronics (PRISM) Laboratory. This laboratory performs leading-edge research in reality-based soft-tissue modeling, modeling and control of robotic systems, providing haptic (sense of touch) feedback to the user while interacting with objects in a remote environment, and robot-assisted surgery.

Desai has been the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He also holds two masters' degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: one in mathematics and one in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics. His bachelor's degree is from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.