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Engineering Professor Receives Professional Educational Award

January 2, 2008

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has notified University of Texas at Arlington Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Babak Fahimi that he is a recipient of the society’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award for 2008. The award is part of a program to stimulate contacts between younger engineering educators and practicing engineers in industry and government.

As a recipient of the Teetor Educational Award, Dr. Fahimi will attend the SAE World Congress & Exposition in Detroit, Michigan, where he can meet and exchange views with leaders and practicing engineers to establish contact with leader from automotive and aerospace industries. In addition, he will participate in specialized tours and sessions where new techniques are demonstrated and discussed.

“I am extremely humbled to be recognized by Society of Automotive Engineers with this honor,” said Dr. Fahimi. “As the founder of the vehicular technology and renewable energy thrust area at University of Texas at Arlington, it is my goal to create a multidisciplinary research program that will bring about various engineering practices including those promoted by the SAE and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. I strongly believe that this award is a step forward in realizing this objective and has given me further motivation to create a strong collaboration between the power electronics and vehicular industries.”

The award is named for Ralph R. Tettor, who in 1902, at age 12, built an automobile capable of reaching speeds of 18 to 25 miles an hour. Though blinded by a childhood accident, he earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to become president of the Perfect Circle piston ring company. In 1945, Tettor invented the modern version of automobile cruise control.