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Dr. Marahelli G. Prasad Receives ASME Award

Dr. Marahelli G. Prasad, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Noise and Vibration Control Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology, received the 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Section Advisor Award for District A for his dedicated service as an advisor. District A spans 13 eastern states, as well as District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The award is the latest recognition of Dr. Prasad's dedication to ensuring student achievement. As advisor of the Stevens student sections of ASME and Engineers Without Borders, Dr. Prasad has a positive influence on students both in and outside of the classroom. In 2010, he was honored with the Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India) Award by the India International Friendship Society for his work in engineering and education. He is also a fellow of the ASME, Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and Acoustical Society of India (ASI).

"This well-deserved award honors Dr. Prasad's dedication to student success and his continued contributions to mechanical engineering at Stevens," says Dr. Keith Sheppard, Associate Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science. "Dr. Prasad inspires students to become leaders through their involvement in campus-wide activities, attendance at district level professional development conferences and continued involvement in ASME following graduation."

Under Dr. Prasad's guidance, students have won many ASME awards over the years, including first and second place finishes in the ASME Old Guard Technical Poster, Web Page, and Oral competitions. His success with ASME at Stevens is fitting, as the histories of the Institute and the Society have been intertwined since the first ASME meeting was held at Stevens in 1880.

"His personal accomplishments in Mechanical Engineering are frequently tied to the positive impact he has on students who work with him," says Dr. Constantin Chassapis, Deputy Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science and Department Director of Mechanical Engineering. "His passion for noise and vibration control is rivaled only by his dedication to teaching and advising students."

Dr. Prasad was also recently named a guest editor for a special issue of the journal Advances in Acoustics and Vibration. The issue, titled "Noise Abatement for Industrial Machinery," will present research on reducing noise levels for psychological and physiological comfort.

About ASME
ASME helps the global engineering community develops solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

About Dr. Marehalli G. Prasad

Dr. Prasad has made significant research contributions to the field of acoustics and vibration during his time at Stevens. His pioneering work on acoustical source characterization of sources in ducts using direct and indirect methods has important applications to muffler design. In 2006, he was elected a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for his contributions to the acoustics of ducts and mufflers. In 2010, he was honored with the Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India) Award by the Indian International Friendship Society for his work in engineering and education. Dr. Prasad is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Acoustical Society of India (ASI). He is a board-certified member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), the Scientific Research Society Sigma Xi, and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He is the faculty advisor for the student section of ASME and co-advisor for the student section of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). He has published over 100 papers, two of which have received awards, and made several invited presentations at national and international meetings. Under NSF International Travel Grants, he has presented papers in conferences in France, China, and India. He has worked as a Noise Control Expert for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and chaired ASME Technical Committee on Duct Acoustics.