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April 3, 2003

UI Engineer Receives Educational Award

H. S. Udaykumar, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, recently received the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

The award is given, in part, for contributions to teaching, research, and curriculum and professional development.

Udaykumar's special fields of knowledge include computational fluid dynamics, moving boundary problems in fluid mechanics, biofluid mechanics and materials processing. His research interests have application to such problems as the dynamics of white blood cells in human circulation, freezing of human cells and whole organs in cryopreservation, manufacture of light-weight and fatigue resistant metal-matrix composite materials, fluid mechanics of the human intestine, and the impact of high-velocity munitions on targets.

Before coming to the UI in 1999, he received his master's degree and doctorate in aerospace engineering in 1990 and 1994, respectively, from the University of Florida.

The award is named for the late Ralph R. Teetor (1890-1982) of Hagerstown, Ind. who built a working automobile by age 12, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, became president of the Perfect Circle Corporation, served as SAE president in 1936, and endowed an SAE educational fund and awards bearing his name.

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