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Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Hyun Soon Lee

Dr. Hyun Soon Lee is the Vice Chairman of Doosan Corporation since 2014. As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for leading Doosan group’s technology development. He served as President of the State University of New York Korea Alumni Association and was appointed as a leading professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Korea.

In 1981, he received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the SUNY at Stony Brook. He began his professional career at the General Motors Research Institute, and then joined Hyundai Motor Company in 1984. He spearheaded new engine development projects and launched ”Alpha [α] Engine,” the first in-house engine developed in Korea, in 1991. In 2002, under his leadership, the company developed ”Theta [θ] Engine“ and exported the technology to DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi, transforming the automotive industry in Korea. He was appointed Vice Chairman of R&D Division of Hyundai Motor Company in 2009.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of automotive industry, he received many awards including IR52 Jang Young-Shil Prize from the Minister of Science and Technology in 1991, Presidential Award at the National Invention Convention in 1996, Gold Medal for Anti-Pollution Technology Development from Chosun Daily in 1999, International Management Institute CEO Award in 2006, and Dr. Hyun Soon, Lee Biography Best CTO Award from the Korea Industrial Technology Association in 2008.

Furthermore, in acknowledgement of his leadership in the area of technological innovation, he also received Grand Prize from the National Academy of Engineering of Korea and the Korea Top Science Technician Award in 2009 from the Goverment. Also, he was recognized as one of the Top 100 Scientists & Engineers in Korea in 2011. Most recently he received Grand prize from Society of Automotive Engineers.

Dr. Lee served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology and held the role of President of the Korea Society of Automotive Engineers. He is currently actively engaged in the development of science technology in Korea as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea and Board Chairman of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology.


Amar Hanspal

Amar Hanspal joined Autodesk way back in 1987 and is now senior VP of platform solutions and emerging business, at the San Rafael, California based company. A member of the CEO executive staff, Amar is responsible for all aspects of Autodesk’s groundbreaking AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT products, the AutoCAD platform, Geospatial solutions, Plant solutions, Extended Design solutions, Content and Search solutions, Global Engineering, and Autodesk Labs. His own team, which has over 11,000 people reporting to him worldwide, handles Autodesk’s flagship product.

Amar has held several executive positions within Autodesk since joining the company in 1987, most recently as the Vice President of Autodesk Collaboration Solutions. In that role Amar was responsible for the strategic growth, general management and daily operations of Autodesk’s collaboration offerings including Autodesk Buzzsaw, Autodesk Constructware - the company's on-demand, web-based collaboration project management services - and Autodesk Design Review, used for distributing and reviewing design information.  Under his leadership, sales of collaboration solutions grew by a factor of 11 over 4 years.

Prior to Autodesk, Amar was the co-founder and VP of Marketing of RedSpark Inc, a startup focused on building a collaborative product development system for the discrete manufacturing industry.

Amar holds a master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986, and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay.

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Rear Admiral McCoy

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Rear Admiral McCoy joined the Navy in 1977 under the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program. In May 1978, he graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In September 1978, he began his career at Naval Reactors Headquarters and completed seven months of instruction at the Bettis Reactor Engineering School in Pittsburgh, Penn. In October 1982, he attended the Submarine Officer's Basic Course in New London, Conn., and reported to USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) in January 1983 as part of the Engineering Duty Officer Dolphin Program.

In August 1983, Rear Adm. McCoy reported to Mare Island Naval Shipyard and served as both a Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Ship Superintendent, Shipyard Docking Officer, and completed submarine qualification. From June 1986 through June 1989, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Engineer's Degree (Post Master’s) in Naval Engineering.

Rear Adm. McCoy served at Charleston Naval Shipyard from July 1989 through May 1994. His assignments included Nuclear Repair Officer, Planning and Estimating Superintendent, Business Operations Officer, Senior Project Superintendent, and Operations Officer. While at Charleston Naval Shipyard, he attended the Executive MBA Program at Emory University and earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration in May 1994.

In June 1994, he relieved as Repair Officer on USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36). He completed Surface Warfare qualification in June 1995 and in July 1996 he reported for duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Maintenance Support Office in Norfolk. There, he was Program Manager for the Advanced Industrial Management Program supporting the Shipyard and NADEP communities. In March 1997, he received the Claud A. Jones Award from the American Society of Naval Engineers as "Fleet Engineer of the Year." In July 1998, he reported to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where he served as Business Officer and Operations Officer until June 2001. In October 2001, he became the 80th Commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

In March 2004, he was selected for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half). In November 2004, he was assigned as the Assistant Deputy Commander of Industrial Operations of the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. He currently serves as the NAVSEA Chief Engineer of Naval Systems Engineering Directorate.

Rear Adm. McCoy is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, with Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency "E", Humanitarian Service Medal, and other awards. 

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Dr. Salvatore Torquato

Professor Torquato holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Chemistry and the Princeton Materials Institute at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. He also is an Associated Faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980 under the supervision of Professor George Stell. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 1992, Dr. Torquato was a faculty member at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, and General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan. He also worked as a Research Engineer at Grumman Aerospace Corporation. Professor Torquato is a theoretician who has made seminal contributions in diverse scientific fields. He is considered a world leader in the area of heterogeneous materials. This area dates back to the work of Maxwell and Einstein, and has important ramifications in many fields, including composite materials, geophysics, polymer physics, statistical physics, chemical physics, colloid science, oil exploration, biotechnology, and photographic science. An overarching theme of his work is the development of unified methodologies to treat a broad range of physical phenomena. His accomplishments in this _eld led him to write a 700-page treatise on the subject entitled \Random Heterogeneous Materials: Microstructure and Macroscopic Properties," which was published by Springer-Verlag, New York in 2002. Professor Torquato has also made major contributions to our fundamental microscopic understanding of the liquid and glassy states via statistical-mechanical methodologies. Recently, he has debunked the venerable 50-year-old idea of random close packing of spheres and replaced it with the mathematically precise notion of a maximally random jammed state. Professor Torquato has also undertaken an interdisciplinary research program, involving physical scientists, applied mathematicians, cell biologists,and medical researchers, that seek to study brain tumors as complex systems. He has developed a model that simulates the various clinically important factors in the growth of the most malignant brain tumor. Among other awards and honors, Professor Torquato was the recipient of Society of Engineering Science 2004 William Prager Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2002 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1994 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 1998 and has been a Member of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during the 1998-1999 and 2003-2004 academic years. He has delivered over 135 invited lectures on his researchwork at universities and professional meetings in the U.S. and abroad, and has published over 225 refereed articles in premier archival journals. He is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Engineering Science, American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, American Chemical Society, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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Dr.Hareesh V. Tippur

Dr. Tippur is a distinguished Alumni Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, AL.  He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York - Stony Brook in 1988 under the guidance of Professor Fu-Pen Chiang.  Prior to joining Auburn as a faculty member in 1990, Dr. Tippur was a GALCIT Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena where he worked with Professor Ares J. Rosakis. Dr. Tippur's research has been in the areas of optical metrology and failure mechanics of materials. He has been credited with the development of several optical techniques including those based on laser speckles and geometric moiré principles for mapping three-dimensional crack tip deformations. He was responsible for devising a novel real-time optical method called Coherent Gradient Sensing (CGS).   Since its introduction, CGS has been widely used for investigating dynamic fracture behavior of advanced materials.  Recently, he has also developed an infrared interferometer for performing rough surface metrology near cracks and defects in ductile materials. On the failure mechanics front, he has contributed to the understanding of crack tip triaxiality in materials.  He was among the earliest to observe crack speed of a dynamically growing interfacial crack in bi-materials to approach the wave speed of the compliant constituent.   A large body of experimental and analytical works that followed his 1989 experiment has resulted in several interesting new results including the possibility of crack speeds equal to and exceeding sonic speeds with shock structure in advanced materials subjected to high strain rate loading.  More recently, his fracture mechanics research has been on heterogeneous materials - Functionally Graded Materials (FGM), structural foams and micro-/nano-structured composites .He has been credited with processing nonhomogeneous heterogeneous polymeric materials with compositional gradients tailored for improved failure performance. His research in this area thus far has produced many new results including the first optical investigation of dynamic crack growth in FGM.Several federal agencies including NSF and DoD have sponsored his research. Dr. Tippur has co-authored over 100 research articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has been a recipient of the Research Initiation Award from National Science Foundation (1991), M. Hetényi Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics (1993), American Society for Engineering Education's Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award (1995), Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Senior Faculty Research Award (1998). He is active in several professional societies and has organized conferences and symposia.  Currently he serves as the chair of technical committees in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Society for Experimental Mechanics.  He is also an associate technical editor for the journal Experimental Mechanics' and serves on the editorial board of 'Optics and Lasers in Engineering'.

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Dr. V. (RAM) Ramanathan Victor

Professor Ramanthan received his B.S. from Annamalai University, India, his M.S. from the Indian Insititue of Science in Bangalore and his Ph.D. form the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Department of Mechanical Engineering),  Dr. Ramanathan's interests are in the Atmosphereic Brown Clouds (ABC), Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX), Air-Sea interactions, clouds, aerosols, greenhouse gases, and climate.  He is an expert in calculating Earth radiation Budget measurements as well as in Long Duration Unmanned Aircart Vehicles as Research Platforms.  Dr.Ramanthan's work has been published in leading atmospheric journals such as Ambio, the Journal of Climate and The Ascent of atmospheric science. 

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