By Nicole Capozziello
Published September 8, 2020
Mostafa Nouh has been named the recipient of the 2020 Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Aerospace Division.
The award, which has been given annually since 2007, is named after Gary Anderson, a structural mechanics engineer at the US Army Research Office and one of the pioneers of the field. It recognizes a young researcher, who is within seven years of their terminal degree, for their notable contributions to the field of Adaptive Structures and Material Systems.
“This prestigious recognition of Mostafa’s notable impact in adaptive structures and materials is extremely well-deserved,” says Francine Battaglia, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “Mostafa is an exceptionally talented young faculty member who continually contributes to the department with research, teaching and service. As a rising star, he brings prominence to the university with his achievements, and I am ecstatic that he is being recognized with another early career award.”
Nouh, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, came to the University at Buffalo in 2015 and is currently the director of the Sound and Vibrations Laboratory. His research interests include smart structures, acoustic and elastic metamaterials, and vibrational energy harvesting. Thus far in his career, he has authored four book chapters and 39 journal articles, and has given over 15 invited talks.
Nouh is also dedicated to mentorship and service. He works with undergraduate researchers as part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and NY State's Collegiate Science & Technology Program (CSTEP). He is also on the MAE Graduate Studies Committee, and currently serves as the chair of ASME’s Noise Control & Acoustics Division.
His previous honors include: the 2020 UB Young Investigator Award; a 2019 National Science Foundation CAREER award; the 2018 SEAS Early Career Teacher of the Year award; and the 2018 Vibration Institute Academic Award. He is serving as the associate editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics from 2020-2023.
Previously, Nouh was as a postdoctoral research associate at the Smart Materials and Structures Research Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2013.
The award is typically presented at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) which takes place in September. This year, due to COVID-19, the conference will take place virtually on September 15. Nouh will be honored during the conference’s virtual banquet.