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SAE International Recognizes Top Mobility Professionals at 2022 SAE Awards Ceremony

Posted: April 12, 2022

On April 6, 2022, SAE International gathered with some of the best and brightest in the mobility industry to recognize their contributions to the future of transportation.

Among those honored were Alan Nye, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Subir Chowdhury, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, ASI Consulting Group, LLC, receiving the SAE Medal of Honor and Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award, respectively.

These awards highlight members of the industry who have contributed substantially to its continued evolution and whose work has far reaching impacts on the world at large.

Nye has been a steadfast supported and dedicated member of SAE International for over 40 years, with an evident passion for growing and strengthening the education mission of the organization. As a Professor and Associate Department Head of the Medical Engineering Department at RIT, Dr. Nye’s love of design was the spark that launched over four decades of immersion in CDS programming.

“As an engineering professor, my duties included teaching, research, and service.  I was fortunate to be able to relate my SAE activities to all of those areas.  My interests were related to student design competitions in the automotive area.  I started and guided student design teams in Baja, Methanol Marathon, Sunrayce, and Formula SAE competitions.  This strengthened my research and teaching and got me deeply involved with SAE which was my service area,” Nye said,” I have poured my energy into SAE over many years because I believed it was important and I truly enjoyed it.  Having this be acknowledged by receiving the Medal of Honor was an unexpected thrill and I am truly grateful.”

As one of the world’s top-quality gurus, Chowdhury’s breadth of work and impact on the education of today’s youth makes him the ideal recipient of the SAE Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award. SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM®) introduced the 2022 Chowdhury STEM Innovation Contest nationally for elementary and middle school students that are asked to choose a real-world issue to research, imagine and design their own STEM solution, then create a digital presentation to share their ideas in a fun, engaging way. This contest was possible by a generous grant from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation with partnership with the SAE Foundation.

“The SAE Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award has been a major highlight of my career. It has brought me a great deal of personal satisfaction knowing that my work on quality and innovation has a human dimension to it, which has impacted the life of young children to high school and college students to professionals. Motivating next generation to STEM disciplines to address the problems of current affairs give me enormous joy. I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from SAE,” Chowdhury said.