BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tarunraj Singh, PhD, professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo, has been
named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Fellowship, which is the highest elected grade of membership in
ASME, is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active
engineering practice who have made significant contributions to the
ASME awarded the fellowship to Singh for his contributions in
the area of control and estimation: control is the branch of
engineering concerned with generating precisely the right inputs to
generate a desired output, while estimation allows engineers to
model how systems will behave in the future and to quantify the
uncertainty associated with that model. ASME is a professional
organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical
and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences.
Singh is the author of "Optimal Reference Shaping for Dynamical
Systems: Theory and Applications" and has published more than 175
peer-reviewed conference and journal papers.
He received the Teetor Award for engineering education from the
Society of Automotive Engineers, as well as the Alexander von
Humboldt Fellowship; he also received a NASA summer faculty
fellowship and a fellowship from the Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science. Singh has frequently been invited by
universities and research laboratories to participate in their
research seminars. He also was twice awarded the Riefler Award,
which honors outstanding junior faculty in the UB School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The purpose of Singh's research ranges from better forecasting
of natural and manmade disasters to enhancing the precision of
In the field of control, Singh has been funded by Honda to
develop control systems that provide cues to drivers to reduce the
potential for spinouts on slick roads. Other precision control
projects Singh has studied range from spacecraft controls that may
be applied to space structures as large as a football field, to
tiny hard disk drives, which serve as data repositories on
In the field of estimation, Singh works with other UB scientists
and engineers in the UB 2020 Strategic Strength in Extreme Events:
Mitigation and Response to provide more accurate forecasts for
volcanic ash plumes like the one generated by last spring's
eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland and the one
currently occurring in Indonesia.
Singh's expertise also could help provide more accurate
forecasting to help predict where oil-slick plumes will go, such as
the one that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in order to
more precisely guide the placement of booms and the deployment of
skimmers and chemical dispersants.
He received his education at Bangalore University, the Indian
Institute of Science and the University of Waterloo in Ontario,
where he received a PhD in mechanical engineering in 1991. He is a
resident of East Amherst, N.Y.