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Virginia Tech Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dennis Hong (BS ’94) received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award to create a robotic locomotion mechanism based on the motion of single-cell organisms. Hong is also a semi-professional magician and performs annual charity magic shows hosted by the Virginia Tech ASME student chapter. In addition to magic tricks, he gives lectures on the science of magic and its applications to engineering.
Paul Papke (BS ’79) has joined UGN Inc., a supplier of acoustic, interior trim and thermal managements to the auto industry, as vice president of sales and marketing. Previously Papke, who is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, was a global account executive for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. News of his hire appeared on earthtimes.org.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers named Warren R. DeVries (BS ’71, MS ’73, PhD ’75) the 2007 recipient of the Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for his pioneering research in material removal processes and manufacturing systems. DeVries is dean of engineering and information technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; he is a leader in the national push for excellence in engineering education.