Iman Javaheri Awarded Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Aero PhD student honored for his research, leadership and performance

Recipient of the 2022 Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement, Javaheri is a Ph.D. student in the Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing program. His research interests meet at the intersection of Statistical Modeling and Material Science, and his research projects target real-world problems pertinent to the defense, aerospace, and manufacturing communities. Working with faculty advisor Veera Sundararaghavan, Javaheri utilizes high-performance computing resources and data-driven modeling to simulate and predict the 3D mechanical behavior of aerospace materials such as additively-manufactured lightweight alloys.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to be recognized by our department for this award. I am also incredibly thankful for everyone in the College of Engineering, who has helped, supported, and guided me during my graduate studies at the University of Michigan, comments Javaheri on receiving this honor.

Sundararaghavan adds, “The Towner prize recognizes the academic and research accomplishments of our PhD students. Iman has shown hard work and commitment to being the best and is fully deserving of the award. He has recently made important strides towards modeling and analysis of microstructures in metal additive manufacturing.” 

This award is accompanied by a $1,000 stipend, and is presented to an outstanding graduate student in each University of Michigan College of Engineering degree program. Criteria considered by the department awards committee include the student’s active participation in research, leadership, and academic performance (GPA).