SAE International Honors Auburn University Graduate Research Assistant Rakish Shrestha with Henry O. Fuchs Student Award

SAE International announces that Rakish Shrestha, Auburn University Graduate Research Assistant, has been selected as the fall award recipient of the Henry O. Fuchs Student Award.

Established in 1991, this award recognizes a graduate or recently graduated student (i.e. post doctorate or new professor) that is working in the field of fatigue research and applications. The purpose of this award is to promote the education of engineering students in the area of fatigue technology.

This award honors the memory of Professor Henry O. Fuchs. Professor Fuchs participated in the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee's research projects, was a member of the faculty who founded the SAE Fatigue Concepts in Design short course, published extensively in SAE and elsewhere in the technical community, and actively participated in the Surface Enhancement Division of the Committee which is responsible for many standards relating to surface treatments of metals for withstanding fatigue damage.

Shrestha’s research has been primarily focused on characterizing the mechanical behavior of PEEK polymer under cyclic loading and obtaining the appropriate fatigue models.  He is currently utilizing the knowledge gained from past research to examine the fatigue behavior of polymer-based materials (i.e. unfilled polymers and polymer matrix composites) under more realistic multiaxial loading and ultimately characterize the fatigue behavior of polymer-based composites.
Since beginning his graduate studies, he has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers and has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student Award, 2018 (Auburn University), Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, 2017-18 (Graduate School, Auburn University), 2017 ASTM International Graduate Scholarship Award.

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