Faculty Highlights

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Top, Left To Right, Drs. Aydin Aysu, Mohamed Bourham, Douglas Call, H. Christopher Frey, Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang, Naji Husseini, Fanxing Li, Jun Liu, Steve Shannon, Rohan Shirwaiker, And Elena Veety.
Top, Left To Right, Drs. Aydin Aysu, Mohamed Bourham, Douglas Call, H. Christopher Frey, Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang, Naji Husseini, Fanxing Li, Jun Liu, Steve Shannon, Rohan Shirwaiker, and Elena Veety

Shirwaiker, Veety receive Blessis Awards

Drs. Rohan Shirwaiker and Elena Veety have been announced as the winners of the George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award.

The award recognizes faculty members who consistently and willingly give their time and effort to advising, counseling and mentoring students and assisting student groups. It is also a continuing memorial to George H. Blessis, a faculty member whose interest in undergraduate education and advising serves as an example today.

Shirwaiker, an associate professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has served as a faculty member at NC State since 2011.

Veety, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and operations and education director for the National Science Foundation ASSIST Center, joined the NC State faculty in 2012.

Three receive NSF Career awards

Three faculty members in the College have been chosen to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF CAREER Award is one of the most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

NSF will provide $500,000 in funding over five years to Dr. Douglas Call, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), to support his project, “Leveraging the multifunctional redox properties of pyrogenic materials to enable biological transformations of aqueous organic contaminants.”

NSF will provide $518,775 in funding over five years to Dr. Jun Liu, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), to support his project, “Pushing the Lower Limit of Thermal Conductivity in Layered Materials.”

NSF will provide $438,000 in funding over five years to Dr. Aydin Aysu, assistant professor in ECE, to support his project, “Physical Side-Channels Beyond Cryptography: Transforming the Side-Channel Framework for Deep Learning.”

Frey, Li receive Alcoa Foundation Awards

Dr. H. Christopher Frey, Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor in CCEE, and Dr. Fanxing Li, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), have been named the 2020 Alcoa Foundation Awards recipients.

Frey received the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award, made to a senior faculty member for research achievements over a period of at least five years at NC State. Li was awarded the Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, which recognizes young faculty members who have accomplished outstanding research achievements during the preceding three years.

Frey has developed a nationally and internationally recognized program of research in air pollution control, air quality, uncertainty analysis and human exposure to air pollutants.

As an early-career researcher, Li has demonstrated strong leadership with exceptional creativity in the fields of chemical reaction engineering and particle technology.

Bourham receives Holladay Medal for Excellence

Dr. Mohamed Bourham, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, was one of three faculty members selected to receive the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by NC State and the University’s Board of Trustees.

Bourham has served NC State for nearly 27 years, and has developed and modified numerous courses providing state-of-the-art education materials to undergraduate and graduate students. He currently serves as the director of the College of Engineering’s master’s in engineering program, is a member of Sigma Xi, was awarded the university-level Outstanding Teacher Award in 2019 and is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, among many other memberships and honors.

Three receive Outstanding Teacher Award

Three faculty members in the College were named recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2019-20.

Dr. Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang is an associate professor in MAE; Dr. Naji Husseini is a teaching assistant professor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Dr. Steve Shannon is a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching at all levels and is a prerequisite for being considered for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award.


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