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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Professor Kemper Lewis named a Fellow of ASME

Kemper Lewis, PhD, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fellowship, which is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME, is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who have made significant contributions to the profession.>>

Prof. Singla wins AFOSR Young Investigator Award

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced it will award approximately $16.5 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program.  Among them is Dr. Puneet Singla, State University of New York, Buffalo, who will conduct investigation on information collection and fusion for space situational awareness. >>

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eleven University at Buffalo students to collaborate on the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASCAL) competition

Eleven University at Buffalo students (making up a team called the “Space Bulls”) have been given the opportunity to collaborate on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace’s (NIA) Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops (RASCAL) competition. As one of approximately five teams still in the running across the nation in this competition, their acceptance is stunning in and of itself.

“This is our first year participating; other teams like University of Utah and University of Pennsylvania have been participating in this competition for very long. In fact, their rovers are ready by now, and we are still in the preliminary round,” said Kumar Vishwajeet, a Master of Science (MS) student in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Space Bull in charge of the team’s controls. “So, this is a lot of new experience for us. It will be a very tough competition, but we are learning many new things.”

The contest challenges university teams to design and construct a “planetary rover and demonstrate its capability to perform a series of competitive tasks at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard in Houston, Texas,” according to the competition’s official website at