MNE students and faculty receive best paper awards
The Adaptive Structures and Material Systems (ASMS) branch of the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers awards two best paper awards each year. For 2015 both awards went to faculty and students in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State. The awards were announced during the ASMS branch meeting in March, and the award winners will be acknowledged at the ASME conference on Smart Materials Adaptive Structures & Intelligent Systems in September.
Yashwanth Tummala, graduate research assistant, mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2015 Best Paper in Structural Dynamics and Controls award for their paper titled, "Design and Optimization of a Contact-Aided Compliant Mechanism for Passive Bending." Other authors on the paper were Aimy Wissa, doctoral graduate, University of Maryland, and James Hubbard, Langley Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland. The project detailed in this paper is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Saad Ahmed, mechanical engineering graduate student, Zoubeida Ounaies, Dorothy Quiggle Career Developmental Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2015 Best Paper in Mechanics and Material Systems award for their paper titled, “Investigating the Performance and Properties of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators as a Potential Means to Actuate Origami Structures.” The work detailed in this paper is funded by the National Science Foundation.