U.S. Army TARDEC Scientist Honored with SAE International Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal

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Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar, Senior Research Scientist, SAE Fellow, and a member of the Analytics Team at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, & Engineering Center (TARDEC), has earned the SAE International Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal. He will receive the award during the SAE 2015 World Congress, which will be held April 21-23 in Detroit.

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Dr. Jayakumar is a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps, an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics.

Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar, Senior Research Scientist, SAE Fellow, and a member of the Analytics Team at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, & Engineering Center (TARDEC), has earned the SAE International Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal. He will receive the award during the SAE 2015 World Congress, which will be held April 21-23 in Detroit.

Established in 1976, the award recognizes a unique and outstanding contribution over a period of time to the work of the technical committees under the SAE International Technical Standards Board in developing standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research. The medal was named in honor of Arch T. Colwell, its first recipient and 1941 SAE International President, who symbolized the dedication and devotion of SAE members who work to further the objectives of the SAE Technical Standards Program.

Prior to joining U.S. Army TARDEC, Dr. Jayakuma worked for BAE Systems, Ford Motor Company, Altair Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics Research Corporation in the areas of multibody dynamics software development, vehicle dynamics modeling & simulation consulting, simulation technology development, durability load simulation, vehicle instrumentation & loads measurement, and road load engineering. He has written more than 100 technical publications including journal articles and conference papers. His research in terramechanics and multibody dynamics won the best paper awards at the National Defense Industrial Association's Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium in 2011 and 2012. He holds a U.S. patent for a system for virtual prediction of road loads and tire modeling. He was also instrumental in developing seven SAE standards for tire testing for the purpose of tire modeling for which he received the SAE 2014 James M. Crawford Technical Standards Board Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Jayakumar is a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps, an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics. He has been a member of SAE International since 1998; has been a member of the SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committee since 2003, and a founding member of the SAE Road Load Tire Test Task Force since 2003. He also a member of the SAE Materials Modeling and Testing Committee and a Chair for the SAE World Congress technical program on Load Simulation and Vehicle Performance.

Dr. Jayakumar received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in structural dynamics from Caltech, and B.Sc. Eng. (Hons, First Class) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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