Dr. Ahmet Kahraman was recently awarded the 2009 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Kahraman joined Ohio State in 2003 after working at the University of Toledo as an associate professor and director of the Center for Gear Research. During his tenure at Ohio State, he has taught numerous courses on the dynamic behavior of mechanical systems. In addition, he serves as the director of the Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory. Prior to becoming a teacher, Kahraman worked for ten years as a researcher. Award winners are nominated by current and previous students as well as their colleagues. Kahraman will receive a cash award, an increase to his base salary and will be inducted into the University's Academy of Teaching. His selection marks the second year in a row that a Mechanical Engineering faculty member has been honored with this award.