ENME

News Story

Alum Sagar Chowdhury wins ASME CIE Best Dissertation Award

Alum Sagar Chowdhury wins ASME CIE Best Dissertation Award


Alumnus Sagar Chowdhury (ME Ph.D. 2013) has received the 2015 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division's Best Dissertation Award for his work, “Planning for Automated Optical Micromanipulation of Biological Cells.”

Chowdhury’s dissertation describes his research into optical tweezers, which can be viewed as a robot that uses a highly focused laser beam for precise manipulation of biological objects and dielectric beads at micro-scale. He explores the problem of autonomous optical tweezer-based cell manipulation in the light of addressing slow manipulation due to manual operation and the severe effects on cell viability due to direct exposure to the laser.

Chowdhury was advised by Professor S.K. Gupta (ME/ISR) and won ISR's George Harhalakas Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award in 2013. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.

Chowdhury will receive the award at the IDETC/CIE 2015 Conference in Boston this August.

Related Articles:
Robo Raven highlighted in children's magazine
Exaggerated gait allows limbless R2G2 robot to move quickly in confined spaces, rough terrain
Gupta research group wins three awards at ASME IDETC/CIE
Robo Raven flies live on Fox 5 TV
Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'
Sagar Chowdhury wins ISR graduate student award
Ray-tracing paper wins 'Best of Conference' at 2012 IDETC/CIE
Jaydev Desai wins seed grant for diagnostic robotic system
Miao Yu named Maryland Robotics Center director
Sarah Bergbreiter engineers submillimeter-sized robotic systems

June 2, 2015


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Mechanical Engineering at ASME IMECE Conference

ME Alumni Awarded Clark School Early Career Award

ME Alumni Awarded Clark School Glenn L. Martin Medal

ME Professors Featured on IBM Business of Government Podcast

UMD Solar Decathlon Team Takes 1st Place in the U.S., 2nd Place in the World

Catalini and Leininger win 2017 GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowships

UMD Researchers Work to Mitigate Water Scarcity Crisis with Solar-Powered Devices Made of Wood

Graduate Student Panelist at International Student Event

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts