Ahmed receives 2023 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Posted: May 10, 2023
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Qadeer Ahmed has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award, presented by SAE International, recognizes young engineering educators working to prepare students for careers in the industry.

The Teetor Award began in 1963, and has been presented to over 800 educators representing more than 200 institutions.

Ahmed serves as a faculty advisor to the Buckeye AutoDrive student projects team, where he puts time into training and educating students on autonomous vehicle technologies. In only its second year, the team has already been successful, placing second in Year 1 competition.

Ahmed attended the SAE International Awards ceremony during SAE WCX 2023, where he was given the Ralph Teetor Award. These are the premier awards for the #mobility industry.

“I feel honored to be included in a group of folks who are making positive changes to the mobility industry,” said Ahmed.

Ahmed makes sure the team is exposed to a variety of real-world situations that they may one day be exposed to in the industry. “Everyday is a new day,” said Ahmed. "There are always unknown situations that the students are going to face. I really enjoy working with them to identify these situations and help them solve the problems that arise.”

The AutoDrive team is made up of students pursuing a variety of different majors including mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, business, just to name a few, and collaboration among the students is critical. “Students need to talk to each other and be able to explain something from their area of expertise to someone in another area,” said Ahmed.  I want the students to understand how important it is to collaborate and successfully work together in order to see the big picture.”

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