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Graduate Student Nabs ASME Scholarship

Mohammad Wasy Akhtar was the only graduate student awarded the Hugh Cameron Scott Award from the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Photo by Thomas Shea.
Mohammad Wasy Akhtar was the only graduate student awarded the Hugh Cameron Scott Award from the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Mohammad Wasy Akhtar, a University of Houston mechanical engineering graduate student, was selected as this year’s recipient of the South Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Hugh Scott Cameron Award.

A doctoral candidate pursuing mechanical engineering, Akhtar was the only graduate student from five Texas universities in seven different programs chosen for the honor. He will be presented with the $1,000 award April 15 at the ASME STS Awards Banquet in Houston.

Considered for both his academics, leadership and community involvement, Akhtar holds a 4.0 GPA. In addition to his own studies, he teaches two laboratory courses and mentors younger students in engineering. It's work that helped earn him the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Cullen College of Engineering for the 2005-06 academic year.

And this month, his research was published in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. The paper, he co-authored with mechanical engineering professors Stanley Kleis and Ralph Metcalfe on Digital Thermal Monitoring (DTM)—a noninvasive tool to measure an individual's risk for cardiovasular disease—is in the April edition of the journal.

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