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We are excited to announce the inaugural winner of the Automotive Research Center Excellence in Research Award. The aim of this award is to identify a diverse pool of outstanding candidates that have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and provide opportunities for them to become involved in the ARC through a paid research internship over a single academic year.
Our inaugural recipient, Varsha Swamy, is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering within the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, a long-time partner school in the ARC. A recipient of the prestigious New Horizon Graduate Scholarship at Virginia Tech, Varsh has already demonstrated her passion and dedication to research through two first-authored conference papers based on research she conducted during her undergraduate studies. Obtaining leadership capabilities as the Project manager and Vehicles dynamics Head for the HAYA - Formula student team, Varsha is well positioned to conduct her proposed research. Varsha’s proposed research focuses on studying tire-mud interactions and developing new models based on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Finite Element Analysis techniques. We look forward to seeing the successes from Varsha’s research.