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July 3, 2013. A paper authored by Prof. Lei Zuo and his graduate student Peng Li was selected as Student Best Paper with $500 cash award by the 2013 ASME DTEC/Advanced Vehicle Technologies Conference. "Equivalent Circuit Modeling of Vehicle Dynamics with Energy Harvesting Shock Absorbers."

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Craig Capria, a mechanical engineering PhD student supervised by Prof. Imin Kao, received an NSF award for international research collaboration. He spent three summer months at ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) in Taiwan to work on collaborative research in robotics and intelligent diagnosis. He was also invited to present in the 2007 NSF(US)-JST(Japan) workshop in Tokyo.

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Anurag Purwar - Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student

anurag picMr. Anurag Purwar, Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a recipient of this year's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Mr. Purwar has taught MEC 112 (C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers), MEC 572 (Geometric Modeling for CAD/CAM), and MEC 510 (Object Oriented Programming for Scientists and Engineers) for last three years. His thoughtful approach to the subject matter, gifted ability to transmit what he knows and availability to help outside the classroom earned him excellent evaluations from Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and graduate students as well as from Mechanical Engineering faculty. In his nomination letter, Prof. Wang, (Graduate Program Director) wrote, "Anurag believes in life (in an examined life), in philosophy, in the frontiers of science, in the excitement and the limitless horizon of engineering, and in teaching the coming generation to share this excitement".

Mr. Purwar came to Stony Brook from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India to do a PhD. His graduate work under the direction of Dr. Jeff Ge is in the field of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. Despite demanding research commitments, Mr. Purwar finds time to help the Mechanical Engineering Department in its foremost mission--the unparalleled education of the next generation.

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