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May 15, 2002

College of Engineering Spring 2002 Awards Announced

At the May 15, 2002, spring faculty meeting for the College of Engineering, the following awards were announced:

Outstanding Teacher Awards

Griff Bilbro, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gregory Buckner, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

George Roberts, Chemical Engineering

The George H. Blessis Teaching and Advising Award

William Bingham, Civil Engineering

Joyce Hatch, Computer Science

Alcoa Engineering Research Achievement Award

Veena Misra, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alcoa Distinguished Engineering Research Award

Saad Khan, Chemical Engineering

Outstanding Extension Awards

Kevin Grayson, Industrial Extension

Herbert Knox, Industrial Extension

Special Recognition

The College of Engineering has received the Outstanding Performance Award in Multicultural Student Affairs. Dr. Sarah Rajala thanked Dr. Tony Mitchell and his staff for their efforts in Minority Engineering Programs for helping the College achieve this recognition. Dean Masnari pointed out that this award is very important for all of the College’s efforts to create diversity in the College of Engineering. He expressed appreciation to

Dr. Mitchell and his staff for their efforts in this area.

Annual Departmental Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence

Dean Masnari announced the winner of a first-time award in the College of Engineering. The Department of Chemical Engineering will receive a one-time award of $5,000 with a recurring $15,000 to its base beginning in the next fiscal year. Dean Masnari congratulated the faculty of Chemical Engineering for their commitment to quality teaching and learning.

Awards for Excellence

Dean Masnari congratulated the SPA and EPA Awards for Excellence:

SPA Recipients: Jean Phillips, Office Assistant, Civil Engineering, and David Black, Research Technician III, Civil Engineering.

EPA Recipients: Barbara Roe, Administrative Officer, Civil Engineering.

Dean Masnari congratulated Civil Engineering for taking all of these awards. A reception was held in their honor on April 3, and they are now in the running for the University awards.

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

The biomedical engineering undergraduate degree program was approved and implemented in the fall of 2001. The first graduate completed his degree in December of 2001, and approximately twenty additional students will receive degrees in biomedical engineering this spring.

Crowell Bowers – Named Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professor.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering – Received the DATLE Award (Departmental Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence) from the Office of the Provost.

Joe DeSimone – O. Max Gardner Prize; 2001 Inventor of theYear Award; Governor’s Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award; Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest Award; and the 2002 Wallace Carothers Award of the Delaware section of the ACS Award.

Orlin Velev – 2002 Camille Dreyfus New Faculty Award.

Jason Haugh – NSF CAREER Award.

Christine Grant – 2001 Minority Affairs Committee Distinguished Service Award by AIChE.

Saad Khan – 2002 Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Research Achievement Award.

George Roberts – Outstanding Teaching Award and membership in the Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Jan Genzer – Sigma Xi Research Award.

Benny Freeman – 2002 Cooperative Research Award from ACS and PMSE.

Ingo Pinnau – 2002 Cooperative Research Award from ACS and PMSE.

Rich Felder – Warren K. Lewis Award.

Jason Haugh – Packard Fellowship.

Student Awards

Tomas Carbonell – 2002 National Truman Scholarship.

Kim Goodwin – NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and the COE Outstanding Senior Award in Scholarly Achievement.

Dipa Shah – NSF Predoctoral Fellowship.

Joan Patterson – NSF Predoctoral Fellowship.

Meghan Wutkowski – COE Outstanding Senior Award in Scholarly Achievement.

Catherine Ward – College of Engineering Faculty Senior Scholarship.

Chisa Brookes – Selected to participate in the Berkeley Edge Conference.

Melanie and Vinnie Kalra – Led the Service North Carolina and Service Raleigh projects.

Srinivas Siripirapu – Keeping North Carolina Clean and Beautiful Award.

Nine 2002 graduates have maintained 4.0 averages and will be recognized as co-valedictorians.

The Student Chapter of AIChE won the Most Creative Float in the homecoming parade with an offering entitled “the Distillation of Mutilation.”

Civil Engineering

John Hanson - Honorary Member in ASCE.

Mervyn Kowalsky – Structural Research Award, American Concrete Institute.

Harvey Wahls – First Presidential Award of the Geo-Institute of ASCE.

The concrete canoe team is going to nationals for the second year in a row.

The distance education master’s degree is first such online degree in the nation.

Computer Science

Harry Perros – Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Award.

Joyce Hatch – George Blessis Advising Award.

Leif Johnson – COE Senior Award for Leadership.

Michael Donaghy – COE Senior Award for Leadership.

Annie Anton – CRA Digital Government Fellow.

Frank Mueller – Best paper award from the International Symposium for Parallel and Distributed processing.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wentai Liu – Named Alcoa Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Alex Dean – NSF CAREER Award.

Veena Misra – NSF Presidential CAREER Award.

Griff Bilbro – Outstanding Teacher Award for 2002.

Industrial Engineering

Shu-Cherng Fang – R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award.

Shu-Cherng Fang – Elected Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Thom J. Hodgson – Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

Thom J. Hodgson – Named Distinguished University Professor of Industrial Engineering.

Russell E. King – Selected to be a Keynote Speaker, 2002 National Textile Conference.

Russell E. King – C. A. Outstanding Faculty Award.

Yuan-Shin Lee – Plenary Speaker, Seventh SIAM Conference on Geometric Design and Computing.

Wilbur L. Meier, Jr. – Elected Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

James R. Wilson – Elected Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Student Awards

Laura Hughes – Outstanding Senior in IE Award.

Justyn Putnam – Rudolph Willard Outstanding Senior in Furniture Manufacturing.

Travis Millen – IE Faculty Senior Scholar Award.

Travis Millen – Celia Moh Scholarship.

Susana Lai-Yuen – Graduate Research Award – 2nd Place.

Faker Zouaoui – IIE/Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award – 2nd Place.

The “Rising Wolves” Student Simulation Team, consisting of Rashida Hodge, Maria Gonzalez, and Ryan Foust, was selected as one of the five finalists in the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)/Rockwell Software Student Simulation competition to be held next week at the IIE Annual Conference in Orlando.

IE alumnus Ed Fitts has given Industrial Engineering $871,000 to fund scholarships ($205,000) and an endowed professorship ($666,000) in the general area of information technology.

Materials Science & Engineering

Bob Davis – 2001-02 Holladay Medal.

John Fan and Kopin Corporation – Funded a chair in MSE in areas of electronic materials and atomic-level materials characterization.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Stefan Seelecke – NSF CAREER Award.

Greg Buckner – ASEE New Faculty Research Award; NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award.

Ramasubramanian – Invited to write two papers in the first Mechatronics Handbook.

Student Awards

Elizabeth Baldwin – ASME Duncan Scholarship.

AIAA Student Chapter – Received the first through third place awards for best design in the Southeast Regional Competition.

ASME Student Chapter – Received the best chapter award recognition in the Southeast Region.

Soeil Saadat – OISSS Spring 2002 UG and GR Scholarships

place ranking in the World Competition.

Aerial Robotics Team – Third place ranking in the World Competition.

Brian Taft – Outstanding Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement.

ASME student chapter was one of five ASME chapters in the country that achieved perfect scores of 1,000 points (highest ever) to receive top honors in the prestigious ASME Ingersoll-Rand Design Competition.

Total Federal Funding of the department increased by 63 percent in 2000-01.

The department received an endowed fellowship in Aerospace Engineering: the Frank Ziglar Fellowship, the largest endowed fellowship in the University.

Nuclear Engineering

Student Awards

Five students received the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations Scholarships.

Four Nuclear Engineering students received American Nuclear Society Scholarships.

Textile Engineering

Gary Mock – College of Textiles nominee for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also completed a book entitled A Century of Progress.

David Hinks – Received College of Textiles Outstanding Teacher Award and became a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. He was also selected as one of four outstanding teachers to receive a cash award by the University.

Student Awards

Guowen Song – First place award at the National Textile Center Forum Graduate Student Paper Competition.

Jacob Hooker – An undergraduate textiles student was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for three years to work on a PhD in chemistry at Berkeley.

Operations Research

Student Awards

Emily Lada, OR student – AAUW fellowship.

Faker Zouaoui, former student – IIE/Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Shep Barge, graduate student – 2002 Elmaghraby Distinguished OR Student.

Kristy Alexander and Edna Chan, students – NCSU Outstanding TA Award.

Closing Remarks

Dean Masnari stated that he was very impressed after hearing all of the accomplishments of our graduate students. He pointed out that these students and their accomplishments set the stage for the future of the University.

He also focused on the awards received by young faculty in the College, especially the NSF CAREER Awards. These awards are some of the most prestigious awards that can be won by new faculty members. This past year there were fourteen new faculty members that joined the various departments. Of the faculty who have joined the departments over the past five years, 27 have been eligible for NSF CAREER Awards, and 17 have been successful in winning them. Ten of these awards were won in the past year. This achievement represents the quality of people that we are bringing on board and elevates the visibility of some of our faculty members to other universities in the country.

Dean Masnari also pointed out that the College is very proud of its two members elected to the National Academy of Engineering.




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