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ME professor posthumously awarded ASME Soichiro Honda Medal

Portrait of Huei Peng, Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Huei Peng, Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Huei Peng, Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who passed away on November 17, 2022, has been posthumously awarded the ASME Soichiro Honda Medal. This award recognizes an individual for an outstanding achievement or a series of significant engineering contributions in developing improvements in the field of personal transportation.

Peng’s research focused on adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems. His latest research included design and control of electrified vehicles, and connected and automated vehicles.

An innovative and well-regarded scholar, Peng served as the director of Mcity, a public-private research partnership focused on advanced mobility, from 2016 to 2021. He grew the facility from a test environment to a fully-fledged research collaboration with partners from the public, private, and academic sectors. Under his leadership, Mcity funded nearly 90 research projects and published more than a dozen white papers.

In the span of his career, Peng was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than 65 research projects and authored more than 300 technical publications, including 150 in refereed journals and transactions and four books. According to, he was among the top 25 mechanical and aerospace engineering scientists in the United States. He was a fellow of both the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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