Engineers' paper wins adaptive structures award from ASME

University Park, Pa. -- A paper authored by three Penn State engineers has won a best paper award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Aerospace Division.

The research project, ''Stress Relief In Contact-Aided Cellular Compliant Mechanisms,'' won the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Best Paper Award in Structural Dynamics and Control, an award given for the best published or presented paper on adaptive structures during the previous calendar year. The paper was presented at the organization's 2008 Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conference held late last October.

The paper was authored by Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering; George Lesieutre, professor and head of aerospace engineering; and Vipul Mehta, a graduate student in mechanical engineering.

Frecker and Mehta accepted the award at last week's International Society for Optical Engineering Smart Structures and Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009