SAE International Announces Winners of the First Annual SAE Student and Young Professional Technical Paper Competition

Competition honors four individuals focused on transforming mobility engineering

WARRENDALE, Pa. (October 28, 2019) – SAE International today announced the four winners of its first annual SAE Student and Young Professional Technical Paper Competition. Selected by SAE’s Competition Panel, the winners will have their papers published by SAE and will have the opportunity to present their work alongside other industry experts at the inaugural SAE Innovations in Mobility event on October 29-31, in Novi, Michigan.

“This competition provides an opportunity for up-and-coming mobility engineers to gain industry exposure and recognition while preparing to become tomorrow’s leaders in this exciting and emerging field,” said Donna Edenhart, SAE Director of Membership and Sections. “We are thrilled with the participation and thinking brought to the first year of the competition and look forward to offering this amazing experience to our student and young professional members in the future.”

The winners of the 2019 SAE Student and Young Professional Technical Paper Competition are:
  • Mehar Bade, doctoral student at West Virginia University. In his research, Mehar mainly focuses on the development and optimization of Free Piston Engine Generators as CHP systems at the residential level and also as range extenders for hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Simeon Iliev, research engineer at the Argonne National Laboratory. Since joining Argonne in 2015, Simeon has worked on various projects including testing and evaluation of advanced vehicle technologies. He is currently working on projects involving vehicle-to-vehicle communication and cooperative adaptive cruise control.
  • Qianyu Ouyang, product development engineer at FinitronX. In her role, Qianyu is involved in multiple cross-functional R&D projects in the field of nonlinear dynamics and models; vehicle energy system engineering.
  • Qilun Zhu, Ph.D., assistant research professor at Automotive Engineering Department at Clemson University. Qilun’s research focuses on theories and applications of estimation, identification, learning, and optimal control.

Earlier this year, 32 of active SAE student and young professional members ages 18-34 years old, submitted technical abstracts on their choice of advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, advanced propulsion, automated/autonomous and connected vehicles or on-demand mobility. The winners were selected by SAE’s Competition Review Panel from the two highest scored student and two highest scored young professional papers.
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