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08 Tarazaga and students at IMAC Associate Profes- sor and John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow Pablo Tarazaga took 14 students, including two undergraduates, to the IMAC XXXVII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics. The group took part in 15 presentations. Zuo presentations Professor Lei Zuo, John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow, delivered a key- note talk at the 4th Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Taipei, "Mechan- ical Motion Rectifier: A High Efficient and Reliable WEC Power Takeoff." Zuo gave an invited keynote at the First International Conference on Vibration and Energy Harvesting Application, in Shenzhen, China, "Energy Harvesting: From Wireless Sensors and Self-Powered Control to Blue Energy." The event was attended by more than 100 people from 38 institutions in Asia and Europe. At a seminar at Columbia University, Zuo spoke on "Towards Blue Dream: The Design, Dynamics, and Control of an Innovative Power Take Off for Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting." Zuo and graduate student Yu Pan won the 2018 Best Paper Award on Vibration Appli- cations the ASME 2018 Dynamics System and Control Conference for "Performance eval- uation of train suspension energy harvesting shock absorber on railway vehicle dynamics." Wu receives Chinese award Doctoral student Yongjia Wu, who stud- ies thermoelectric energy harvesting with Professor Lei Zuo, received the 2019 Chi- nese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Established by the China Scholarship Council, the award is presented to 500 of the more than half a million students who study abroad each year. Ben-Tzvi publications, awards Associate Professor Pinhas Ben-Tzvi was awarded the IJCAS Academic Activity Award in January. The International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems award was in rec- ognition of outstanding service and dedicated work as an editorial board member of the IJCAS and for his exceptional contributions in the advancement of the journal. Ben-Tzvi and his graduate students have published the following journal papers in 2019: Sebastian, B., Ben-Tzvi, P., “Active Distur- bance Rejection Control for Handling Slip in Tracked Vehicle Locomotion” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 11, Issue 2, pp. 021003: 1-12, April 2019. Ren, H., Kumar, A., Ben-Tzvi, P., “LOSA-X: Expandable 3D Motion Tracking System” IEEE Sensors Journal, Published online, Janu- ary 2019. DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2019.2893550 Rone, W., Liu, Y., Ben-Tzvi, P., "Maneu- vering and Stabilization Control of a Bipedal Robot with a Universal-Spatial Robotic Tail" Bioinspiration and Biomimetics Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 016014: 1-16, January 2019.