SAE Educational Award for Dr. Thirumalini

Amrita’s Dr. S. Thirumalini recently became the second person from India to be honored with the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. She was chosen along with six other distinguished professionals world-wide for the 2010 awards.

In April, Dr. Thirumalini will travel to the SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, where she will receive the award. She will join 800-odd engineering educators from over 200 universities world-wide that have received the award since its inception in 1953.

Dr. Thirumalini

SAE International is a global association of over 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Members promote lifelong learning and standards development through all-round consensus.

As faculty mentor of the SAE student chapter at Amrita, Dr. Thirumalini has encouraged her wards to always push the horizons and dream big. The student chapter organized a very successful national student convention in October of last year.

Also under her leadership, student teams from Amrita have participated in the Baja and Formula car-racing events. Dr. Thirumalini heads the executive council for student activities at SAE India (Southern Section).

Dr. Thirumalini

“SAE India is pleased to inform you that Dr. Thirumalini has been selected as a 2010 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recipient!” informed the society’s website.

So what exactly is the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award?

“The Teetor Award recognizes and honors today’s younger educators who are faced with the task of preparing tomorrow’s engineers at a time when greater expectations are placed upon colleges and universities to educate individuals to successfully meet the challenges that face society.”

“The award consists of a framed certificate, a trip to a major SAE international meeting, an industrial tour, and two years of SAE international classic membership. The Teetor program’s objective is to provide an engineering atmosphere in which these young educators can meet and exchange views with practicing engineers.”

Dr. S.Thirumalini, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Coimbatore was selected to receive the award for her “Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Education Initiatives.” In 2008, Dr. Thirumalini also received the Woman Engineer of the Year Award from Institution of Engineers on Engineers Day.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, Dr. Thirumalini carries out research in areas such as computational fluid dynamics and combustion modeling for IC engines. She has guided student projects in cylinder flow dynamics, structural analysis of thermal systems and experimental investigations on use of alternate fuels.

We congratulate this young educator for the laurels received.

March 16, 2010
Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore

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