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Ph.D. Student Honored for Research, Publishing Accomplishments

June 7, 2006

Electrical Engineering doctoral student Mahesh Krishnamurthy has received the prestigious 2006 Transportation Electronics Fellowship presented by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. Candidates for the award are selected based on their potentials to contribute to the profession of electrical/electronics engineering with a preference for studies involving transportation electronics.

The award was established to highlight the growing significance of transportation electronics, a field that applies modern power electronics technologies to the increasing demand for convenience and safety in automotive industry and provides a stipend of $10,000 applicable to Krishnamurthy’s tuition expenses.

Krishnamurthy received the award for his research accomplishments and interests, which include the design of high-efficiency and fault-tolerant electromechanical energy converters that are used in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. Documenting his accomplishments, Krishnamurthy has authored five IEEE transaction papers and more than 15 IEEE archival conference publications. He is currently working on a quiet motor drive for surface and submersible vessels, a project sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.

According to Dr. Babak Fahimi, an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering, the director of the Power Electronics and Controlled Motion laboratory and Krishnamurthy’s Ph.D. advisor, Krishnamurthy was highly qualified for this fellowship. “Mahesh is one of the most outstanding members of my research group,” said Dr. Fahimi. “He has made key contributions to the field of automotive electronics, and his published works surpass all other graduate student output, both in quantity and quality. He’s very talented and self motivated.”

Krishnamurthy received a B.S. in Industrial Electronics from Amrawati University in India, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri - Rolla. In addition to receiving the Transportation Electronics Fellowship, Krishnamurthy is also a recipient of the Rudolph Herman Pre-Doctoral fellowship presented by the Department of Electrical Engineering.