By Polly Ouellette
The C. D. Mote Jr., Early Career Award was granted for research excellence
For the second time in just a few years, associate professor of mechanical engineering Alper Erturk was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering for early career accomplishments. This time, the 2017 C. D. Mote Jr., Early Career Award honored him for excellence in his research on vibration and acoustics.
The Mote Award was bestowed by the Technical Committee on Vibrations and Sound, which falls under the Design Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). This prestigious award recognizes only one outstanding researcher per year.
Erturk’s research centers on smart structures and dynamical systems with the intent of applying his findings to problems such as the conversion of ambient vibration to electricity, aquatic locomotion devices, and wave propagation.
In order to qualify for the Mote Award, a researcher must have been a member of ASME for three years, be under the age of 40, and be nominated within 10 years after obtaining their last degree. The C. D. Mote Jr., Early Career Award specifically is named for the current president of ASME.
Erturk was nominated for this award by Professors Daniel Inman and Kon-Well Wang, who are both collaborators of his from the University of Michigan.
The award includes a $1,500 honorarium, and the opportunity to attend and give an extended presentation at the 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Cleveland.
When Erturk was previously recognized, it was with the 2015 Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, which came from the Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Technical Committee for his scholarly contributions to that field. His nomination for the award was an indication that he had already had an impact on the field of adaptive structures and material systems.