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RICHARD S. & GRACE LEE AWARD $500 Scholarship for Top BE Students Going to Grad School
Stella Di Cocco James Gohn
AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
James Gohn Ishmam Yousuf
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY RECOGNITION AWARDS
Kevin Li (Robotics Team) Eva Lu (Solar Racing Team) Julia Stone (Robotics Team) Adhiraj Tomar (Motorsports Team) Ishmam Yousuf (AIAA)
Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) AWARDS
Timothy Farrell BJG Electronics: Design and Engineering Support for development of Electro-Mechanical
Nicholas Baron Allen Field: Product Design and Development of Plastic Components
Anar Nurizada Flower Turbine: Mechanical Design Optimization and Simulation of a Vertical Axis Wind
Prerna Sureshkumar Kothari Mechanismic Inc., SPIR, SensorCAT, and NSF: Design Ecosystem for a Novel Robotics
OUTSTANDING SENIOR DESIGN AWARDS
1st Place Group 9 for “Design of Navigational and Recovery System for a High Power Small-Scale
Rocket” Meghan McLaren, Gerard Miles, Donald Stickevers, Mariya Zelinska Faculty Advisor: Professor Sotirios Mamalis
2nd Place Group 33 for “Upright Piano Player Robot” Stella Di Cocco, Hussein Hamade, Riyad Mahmood, John Mullane Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeff Ge
3rd Place Group 18 for “Automatically Deployed Payload for use with a High-Power Small-Scale
Rocket” Lawrence Dwyer, Alisher Khodjaniyazov, Dhruv Patel, Christopher Savage, Jonathan Sossover Faculty Advisor: Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty
From all the Faculty and Staff in the Mechanical Engineering department: Congratulations
on your Graduation!
Prof. Dimitris Assanis
Dear Rodrigo: Congratulations on finishing up your Master's Thesis! One down - one
to go! Can't wait to see the amazing things you will do starting this fall on your
way to accomplishing your doctoral degree with us! See you in the fall!!!
I want to congratulate all the AMAZING graduate and undergraduates students of the
Mechanical Engineering department! I want to wish you all the very best and much success.
I will miss seeing your smiling faces and hope you had a wonderful experience here
at Stony Brook University. I look forward to working with the undergraduates who are
continuing on to receive their Master’s degree and those who will continue on to receive
their PhD. Congratulations and enjoy putting your stamp on the world and make great
things happen! So happy for all of you!!
Prof. Shikui Chen
Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!
Prof. Carlos Colosqui
Congratulations on your graduation. This difficult time reminds us of the positive
impact that science and engineering can have on society and everyday life. Build on
your degree, continue to learn, and continue to commit to hard work and you will have
a meaningful and successful career. Come back to Stony Brook when you have a chance,
you will be always welcomed here.
Prof. Thomas Cubaud
Congratulations to the class of 2020! Apply the force of good will to your path and
release the energy to achieve anything, you’re not a drop in the ocean but the ocean
in a drop!
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Your dedication, innovation, and resiliency
has impressed me time and time again. I am so proud of each and every one of you and
look forward to hearing about your future successes!
Prof. David Hwang
Congratulations on your achievement! Best wishes to your bright future!
Prof. Kedar Kirane
Heartiest congratulations to the class of 2020 and best wishes for your future!!!!
You are ready for any challenge; after all you made it through the past 4 years, from
freshman 15 to covid 19!! Go make us proud!
Prof. Foluso Ladeinde
You know what they say, real success in life depends on the obstacles (that) you are
able to overcome. The bigger the obstacles (you can overcome), the more successful
you will be. So, don't be afraid of challenges - personal or professional, for they
are the route to success. Be a difficult-problem solver. Moreover, this trait will
differentiate you from most people. Also, remember that diligence, discipline, and
persistence, all work together to deliver value. Congratulations.
Prof. Noah Machtay
Congratulations to the class of 2020! All the best wishes for a happy and successful
Prof. Jon Longtin
Dear students and future colleagues, I wish you the very best as you move on to the
next phase of your careers. You graduate amid an extraordinary time in recent history,
with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting each of you in a profound and personal way. Some,
if not many, of you will have your career paths altered in ways large and small as
a result of the pandemic. Use this experience to your advantage to be more resilient,
steadfast, and prepared. Here are some parting thoughts that I would like to share
with you as you embark on the next phase of your life:
• Practice ‘lean thinking’ that allows you to assess the magnitude of a value, problem
or entire operation with as little effort as possible. Learn to differentiate the
critical from the details.
• Learn to write, powerfully. Writing skills, especially amongst your generation,
are declining. Use this to your advantage! Don’t simply learn to write well---master
it! Language then ceases to be a burden and becomes instead your servant: you can
wield it with precision to persuade your colleagues and superiors of the strength
of your ideas.
• Never, ever stop learning. It keeps you young and vitalized. It doesn’t have to
necessarily be in your career area, but you will be surprised how often some obscure
bit of knowledge floats up in the most unexpected ways and times.
• Play. A lot. Make it a point to always have a hobby or two going. You will be amazed
at what you can learn if you aren’t paying attention. I have a friend who is into
all kinds of different hobbies. When asked about his diverse interests, he replied,
simply, ‘My hobby is collecting hobbies.’ Do this.
• Remember my lecture on how to retire a millionaire: on the very first day that you
start your next job, have them take out as much money from your paycheck as you possibly
can. You will never miss it if you never saw it. Do this for 30-35 years, and you
will retire a multi-millionaire.
• Be lazy and opportunistic yourselves.
• Finally, be compassionate. It is impossible to live in another person’s shoes, and
we often have no concept of the trials and tribulation that others must shoulder.
Make it a practice to yield the benefit of the doubt to your fellow men and women.
Go now into the brave new world, fraught with uncertainty, unseen peril and tremendous
opportunity. Make all of us who have had the honor and pleasure of educating you proud.
Spring 2020 Graduates: Congratulations. Seriously... You've earned it. Getting a
Mechanical Engineering degree was already a tremendous effort filled with all of our
favorite things: Piles of Math, Tons of Labs, Overly Long Papers, Group Work (Ugh),
Tough Exams, and Sleepless Nights. And yet through all of this you've found a way
to succeed even when thrust upon you was a bigger challenge: Succeeding regardless
of COVID. This is truly an accomplishment that you're unique in overcoming and I commend
you for stepping up to the plate. You've shown a strength and resilience that is par
excellence. I've had the privilege to get to know you all through various courses
(some as early as MEC101!), clubs, and projects. I've gotten to see your continued
growth and achievements -- You've impressed me all the way and I can't wait to see
the great things you all achieve. Cheers to you 2020 Graduates! Keep in touch... we'll
Prof. Jay Mendelson
Dear Seniors: This semester has been a difficult one for you, which few expected and
no SBU seniors except your class, ever experienced. You persevered and made it to
graduation. You deserve accolades and warm congratulations for that. Great job! Enjoy
the accomplishment and my best wishes for a success career.
Prof. Anurag Purwar
Dear Prerna: Thank you for doing excellent work with your Master’s thesis with me
on MotionGen Pro. Congratulations on graduating with a deep sense of accomplishment.
Dear Shrinath: Congratulations on your PhD. I will miss not being to participate in
your PhD hooding ceremony. I was really looking forward to it. You have done a terrific
job with your work on Machine Learning in Mechanisms Design and I will cherish my
experience working with you.
Dear Shashank: Congratulations on your PhD in advance. I know that you will be graduating
in summer, but that does not stop me from letting you know that it has been great
working with you as a fantastic PhD student. I have admired your tenacity and hunger
to succeed. I know that you will do well in life. Make us all proud.
Dear Deep: Congratulations on your imminent MS thesis defense, which I am certain
would be a blast. Looking forward to it.
Dear ME Graduating Class: Many, many congratulations on successfully completing your
studies at Stony Brook University. I met most of you for the first time in my MEC101
class and have continued to work with several of you until now. It has been a pleasure
to have you in my classes and in my lab. I wish that we could say goodbye to each
other one final time before you left campus; however, I am sure that we will find
a way to remain in touch. Please send me an email, request on Linkedin and we can
be friends for life.
Prof. Thomas Rosati
I used to teach the senior design capstone so I know the level of work and dedication
you have needed to reach this point. Especially this semester. Interning became impossible
and doing design projects as a team were also severely affected. Despite that, you
have persevered and accomplished graduating from one of the toughest undergraduate
programs to get into and graduate from in all of Stony Brook. Here is the best part
about making it this far. You have learned to think and adapt. That is the real value
of this educational program. You are entering a fluid employment landscape and the
engineering prowess that you have developed will make you a desired field to forge
your future. A last note: This is the time to move out of your comfort zone a little.
So many jobs are now going to allow you to work from virtually anywhere. Before you
develop deep roots in a community it is a time to travel and find a place that suits
you well. Engineering can be your ticket to open those doors wherever they might be.
So nothing is traditional this year, but just think about all the possibilities you
are now ready to take on.
Prof. Lifeng Wang
You made it at the toughest time ever. Congratulations on your graduation and all
the best for your next adventure!
Prof. Shanshan Yao
Congratulations to you and your families! As a new faculty who joined MEC this year,
I am so excited to share this moment with you. Best wishes for your next adventure!
The best is yet to come!