Professor and researcher in pollutant emission control honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

For more than 30 years, Professor Ahmet Selamet has served as a leader in the mechanical engineering field. His groundbreaking research has explored advanced automotive powertrain systems, wave dynamics, noise and pollutant emission control, combustion, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.

To recognize his significant contributions, Selamet was named the 2017 recipient of the Ralph K. Hillquist NVH Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. This honor, which is given to only one individual every other year, recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to ground vehicle noise, vibration, and harshness research for 15 years or more. The award is named in honor of Ralph Hillquist, the founder of the SAE Noise and Vibration Conference.

"I was fortunate to know Ralph Hillquist from the 1990s, when I first started participating in the Noise and Vibration Conference," said Selamet. "He was a wise man and earned a great deal of my respect."

Throughout his esteemed career, Selamet has conducted extensive analytical, computational, and experimental research that has advanced the foundations of wave dynamics and acoustics in engine breathing systems. As he designed and developed novel acoustic devices, modeling approaches and practical solutions, Selamet also built an exemplary collaborative relationship with the automotive industry. His innovative work has led to new methodologies for performance and acoustic modeling, critical design guidelines, and unique bench-top experimental systems. A substantial portion of Selamet’s research on acoustics has examined the suppression of noise generated by flow and flow-acoustic coupling encompassing a wide frequency range, including whoosh, whistle, chirp, hoot, and ring.

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