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McWane Endowed Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering Hareesh Tippur and his graduate student Robert Bedsole were recently conferred the 2014 Orr Best Paper Award by the Materials Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Their technical publication "Dynamic Fracture Characterization of Small Specimens: A Study of Loading Rate Effects on Acrylic and Acrylic Bone Cement," in ASME’s Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology was selected from those published in the journal during the previous two years. The award was presented at a ceremony during the International Mechanical Engineering Conference & Exposition, held last November in Montreal, Canada. The award, established in 2004, recognizes contributions to areas of experimental, computational or theoretical fatigue, fracture, or creep behavior of materials. Robert Bedsole is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of mechanical engineering and recipient of NASA-NSTRF fellowship since 2011. Hareesh Tippur has been with Auburn University since 1990.