Apr 2019
Apr 2019

Prof Amarjit Singh of Univ. of Hawaii wins construction management award

Amarjit Singh, an engineering professor at the University of Hawaii, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Construction Management Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

He received the award recently at the annual ASCE Construction Institute Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Only one award is given annually by ASCE for “innovation and research aimed at improving construction around the globe.”

Awarded by a large field of accomplished professionals and researchers, the accolade is granted on the basis of outstanding contributions to the field of construction management as a practitioner, educator or researcher either in the form of written presentations, scholarly work or notable performance, a media release said.

Singh is apparently the first Indian American to receive this award since it was launched in 1974, newsreports said.

Singh was chosen for his many achievements in different countries, his publications on innovative and pioneering topics, and his cutting-edge research on mitigating wave energies in harbors and monitoring distress in airport pavements.

Singh is the recipient of nine Best Paper awards and was a 2009 recipient of the University of Hawaii’s highest teaching honor–the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Medal.

In addition to his present position as professor of civil engineering, Singh is cooperating graduate faculty in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction.

Singh earned a bachelor’s degree in 1976 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.


Apr 2019

Shwetak Patel, computer scientist and prolific inventor, wins prestigious ACM Prize at age 37

Dr Shwetak Patel, 37, of the University of Washington and Google is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 ACM or Association for Computing Machinery Prize in Computing.

The ACM Prize in Computing recognizes early-to-mid-career computer scientists whose research contributions have fundamental impact and broad implications. The award carries a prize of $250,000, from an endowment provided by Infosys Ltd. Patel will formally receive the ACM Prize at ACM's annual awards banquet on June 15, 2019, in San Francisco.

Patel and his students found highly creative ways to leverage existing infrastructure to make affordable and accurate monitoring a practical reality. Patel quickly turned his team’s research contributions into real-world deployments, founding companies to commercialize their work.

Most recently, Patel’s health monitoring startup Senosis was acquired in 2017 by Google.

 “I never thought I’d get one of these things,” Patel said, crediting his graduate students for their roles in the work for which he’s being recognized.

“Despite the fact that he is only 37, Shwetak Patel has had a significant impact on the field of ubiquitous computing for nearly two decades,” said ACM president Cherri Pancake in a media release. “His work has ushered in some really exciting possibilities in the areas of sustainability and health. The widespread adoption of systems where individuals can monitor their health with smartphones could revolutionize healthcare — especially in the developing world. Shwetak Patel certainly exemplifies the ACM Prize’s goal of recognizing work with ‘fundamental impact and broad implications.’”

Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab, which develops innovative sensing systems for real-world applications in health, sustainability and novel interactions. He is also a director at Google working on health care. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology.

Patel earned his Bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. His numerous honors include receiving a MacArthur Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), MIT TR-35 Award, and a National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Award. Patel is a Fellow of ACM.

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