TU receives two technical awards at ISA conference

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

For the second year in a row, a University of Tulsa undergraduate student took the top honor for undergraduate research at ISA’s International Instrumentation Symposium. Additionally, a TU administrator earned the organization’s highest technical award in the Test Measurements Division.

Samuel Kucera, a junior engineering physics major from San Diego, won the award for best undergraduate paper for his work on "Instrumentation of an Inertial Kinetic Exercise Device with a Single Axis Accelerometer."

Kucera’s interdisciplinary research was jointly directed at TU by Parameswar Harikumar, assistant professor of physics, and John Caruso, associate professor of exercise sports science. In 2007, TU alumnus Adam Leeper (BS ’07) earned best undergraduate paper and best paper overall at the ISA conference.

"Our students have been recognized not only because of the originality and quality of their research, but also their ability to present the results clearly and professionally," said Roger Blais, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "They live up to the core value of excellence in the TU mission."

In addition to Kucera’s award, ISA honored Blais with its Neal P. Baum Award, the highest technical award offered by the Test Measurements Division of ISA. This was the second time the award has been made since its inception in 2004. The prestigious award recognizes someone who has demonstrated outstanding technical leadership in the test measurements field. The award also will provide a $2,000 scholarship for an upper-class engineering, chemistry, physics or mathematics student at TU.

Blais has served as provost since 1999 and as an associate director of the petroleum research group, Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects, since 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and French literature from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Oklahoma.

ISA is an international nonprofit professional association of 35,000 engineers and scientists who work in the general areas of scientific instruments, instrumentation/computer systems and automation technology. The Test Measurement Division (TMD) is one of 17 divisions of ISA and specializes in measurements of temperature, pressure and flow.