Sunil Agrawal Wins Multiple ASME Awards

Sunil Agrawal will receive two prestigious awards conferred annually by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering: the Machine Design Award and the Mechanisms and Robotics Award. Both awards will be conferred at the IDETC Conference, to be held in August 2016 in Charlotte.

The Machine Design Award was established in 1958 to recognize eminent achievement or distinguished service in the field of machine design, including application, research, development, or teaching. The Mechanisms and Robotics Award, established in 1974,  is awarded for a cumulative contribution to the field of mechanism design or theory. Continued distinction is to be a primary requisite. 

A pioneering researcher in intelligent machines, Sunil Agrawal has focused in recent years on how machines can help humans improve their everyday function. His seminal contributions include the design of innovative gait training robotic exoskeletons for stroke survivors, pediatric mobile robots for the training of developmentally delayed infants and toddlers, and vibration shoes for patients with Parkinson’s disease. His lab has an active group of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers; and research efforts have been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
 
Agrawal has published nearly 400 journal and conference papers, and he serves on editorial boards for societies including ASME and IEEE. He co-holds 13 patents. A Fellow of ASME, Agrawal served as chair of the Design Engineering Division (2014-15). He received a Best Paper award at the 35th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2011 and a Best Paper Honorable Mention at the 39th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2015.
 
Sunil Agrawal's work continues the proud tradition of Columbia Mechanical Engineering in the field of Machine Design, a tradition established by Prof. Ferdinand Freudenstein, the "father of modern kinematics", himself a receipient of both the ASME Machine Design Award (in 1972) and the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award (in 1978).


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