Stevens' ASME student section wins three awards at conference

Lacrosse training device, wave energy power generator and micro air vehicle projects honored

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The Stevens Institute of Technology American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Section won three awards at the Regional ASME Student Conference, held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J., on April 1, 2006.

First place for Web Design Presentation went to students Ryan Donovan, Michael Freeman, Robert Hoar, Thomas Presutti and Oliver Pierce Smith for their Women's Lacrosse Skill Development and Training Device. Richard Berkof, a Professor in Stevens' Mechanical Engineering department served as the group advisor. The project was sponsored by Frank Roes.

Students Lazaro Cosma, Biruk Assefa, Joshua Ottinger and Yukinori Sato were awarded second place in Old Guard Oral Competition for the development of a Wave Energy Power Generator. The group was advised by Kishore Pochiraju, Associate Professor and Director of the Design and Manufacturing Institute in Stevens' Mechanical Engineering department, and Michael Raftery, a Research Engineer in Stevens' Davidson Laboratory.

The Micro Planes Weight and Payload Optimization project, involving a micro-air vehicle, placed fourth in the Old Guard Oral Competition. The student team of Kitu Kumar, Cecilia Martinez and Christopher Sensor was advised by Siva Thangam, a Professor in Stevens' Mechanical Engineering department.

The award-winning projects are the students' Senior Design projects, which were displayed and demonstrated at Stevens' Senior Projects Day on April 26, an event open to the public.

Stevens' ASME Student Section faculty advisor is Marehalli Prasad, a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department.


About the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Founded in 1880 at Stevens Institute of Technology as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at
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