A report on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.
Chancellor Richard Herman was one of three people honored with the 2009 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
The award, established in 2000, honors those who further international education in public higher education. It provides national recognition for a career of outstanding contributions to furthering international education at public and land-grant institutions.
The organization cited Herman’s leadership and vision that have made UI the only U.S. higher education institution to rank in the top 10 in widely used measures of internationalization: students studying abroad, international students and the number of U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers for Area, Language and International Studies. Herman’s strategic plan emphasizes expanding participation in study-aboard programs through international internship placements and charges the campus with doubling study-abroad participation over a five-year period. Herman has personally solicited major gifts benefiting international programs, leading to more funding for student scholarships, endowed chairs and other programmatic support.
William P. King, a professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar in the department of mechanical science and engineering, was selected to receive the 2009 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award honors engineers under age 36 who have demonstrated the potential to make significant contributions to the field of heat transfer.
King has made substantial contributions to the field of mechanical engineering through his development of nanometer-scale thermal processing and thermal measurement techniques.
The college recently announced recipients of its 2009 awards.
Rohit Bhargava, a professor of bioengineering, received the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence.
Xerox Awards for Faculty Research were presented to assistant professors Eyal Amir, computer science; Dusan M. Stipanovi, industrial and enterprise system engineering; Timothy J. Strathmann, civil and environmental engineering; Yingxiao Wang, bioengineering; and assistant professors Paul V. Braun, materials science and engineering; Youssef Hashash, civil and environmental engineering; William P. King, mechanical science and engineering; and Benjamin Wandelt, of physics.
Armand Beaudoin, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, received the BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction.
Pascal Bellon, a professor of materials science and engineering, received the Stanley H. Pierce Award.
The Rose Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to lecturers Lawrence Angrave, computer science, and Marina Miletic, chemical and biomolecular engineering.
P.R. Kumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award.
Scott Olson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, was honored with the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching.
Steven Franke, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.
William B. Rose, research architect in the School of Architecture, received the 2009 Excellence in Historic Preservation award from the Preservation League of New York state on May 13. The award recognizes Rose and others who contributed to the recent restoration of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Rose was commended for his work as moisture consultant on the project, which took place between 2005 and 2008.
Mike Ross, director of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, has been elected chair of the board of directors for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The association has been an active arts service organization for more than 40 years. The association represents both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of the industry.
Martin Burke, a professor of chemistry, was awarded a 2009 Amgen Young Investigator’s Award from Amgen Inc. The award includes an unrestricted grant of $25,000 and the opportunity to present a lecture at an Amgen symposium in October. The award recognizes young chemists who are making significant contributions to the field of organic chemistry and pharmaceutical research.
Chad Rienstra, a professor of chemistry, received the Founders Medal from the International Conferences on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems. The award cited Rienstra’s innovative work in the area of solid-state NMR methodology and applications to determine protein structures. The award is given to a scientist under age 41 who has made exceptional contributions to developments and/or progress in the area of magnetic resonance in biological systems.
Ken Suslick, a professor of chemistry, received the 2009 Student Council Mentoring Award from the Acoustical Society of America. The council presents this award every 18 months to recognize individuals who have served as exemplary mentors. The award is designed to honor exceptional ability in guiding the academic and/or professional growth of students and junior colleagues.
Andrzej Wieckowski, a professor of chemistry, has been appointed a fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry. According to the society’s Web site, a member is named a fellow “in recognition of her/his continuing outstanding scientific and/or technical achievement within the field of electrochemistry.” Fellows will be inducted in August at the Annual Meeting in Beijing.
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