By Peter Murphy
Published April 18, 2017
Assistant Professor Ravi Ranade received the University of Buffalo Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Distinguished Research Mentor Award. Ranade, an assistant professor in UB’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), received the award after nomination and evaluation from students. This award is designed to recognize and honor outstanding CSTEP research mentors who have been involved in mentoring, supervising and advising CSTEP undergraduate researchers, and have impacted CSTEP students’ academic and professional careers. This award also recognizes faculty members that support CSTEP’s mission to increase the success of underrepresented populations pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and the licensed professions.
Every five years, CSTEP research interns nominate faculty who demonstrate the mentor-mentee relationship essential to supporting students in STEM and related professions. CSTEP at UB has served over 3,500 students, and is the largest CSTEP program in New York State. CSTEP provides services and resources to 400 talented underrepresented students pursuing the licensed professions, as well as professions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) annually. High Impact resources available to CSTEP students include: faculty mentored research, graduate school preparation, scholarships, career advisement, tutoring, monthly seminars, conferences, and community involvement. These resources provide a comprehensive support network to assist a diverse group of students in achieving their academic and career goals.
“Ravi is dedicated to mentoring students and it is rewarding to see him recognized. He is one of the essential researchers in our Institute of Bridge Engineering, and this award is a testament of our commitment to increasing diversity in the workforce,” said Joseph Atkinson, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.
As one of the UB Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) researchers, Ranade focuses his research on advanced concrete materials and their applications in improving the resilience and sustainability of our infrastructure. Ongoing research in his group includes development of an innovative method for reducing corrosion in reinforced-concrete bridges, design and investigation of high energy-absorbing concretes, understanding the behavior of fiber-reinforced concretes at extremely-high temperatures, and application of material informatics to drive innovation in concrete materials.
Ranade will formally receive the CSTEP Distinguished Research Mentor Award at the CSTEP 30th Alumni Reunion and Scholarship Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott.
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