11 SEAS faculty recognized at UB's Celebration of Faculty & Staff Academic Excellence

SEAS honorees, flanked by Provost Charles F. Zukoski (left) and President Satish K. Tripathi. The professors, from left: Mark Swihart, Sriram Neelamegham, Jinhui Xu, Iman Borazjani, Johannes Nitsche and Ann Bisantz. Not pictured are: Michael Constantinou, Stella Batalama, Rajan Batta, Zonglu Hua and Changhyun Kwon.

Published October 23, 2015

Eleven faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were among those honored for notable achievement, service and teaching at UB's 2015 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.

Awardees Recognized as Scholars, Teachers

President Satish Tripathi and SUNY Distinguished Professor Michael Constantinou.

SUNY Distinguished Professors

This highest State University of New York rank recognizes exceptional faculty merit and outstanding academic contributions.

  • Michael Constantinou, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Johannes Nitsche, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities

This award recognizes faculty members who consistently go above and beyond their teaching and professional duties to make extraordinary contributions to their respective fields.

  • Stella N. Batalama, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Ann Bisantz, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Sriram Neelamegham, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award

Recipients of the Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award have demonstrated outstanding and sustained support and development of graduate students from course completion through research and subsequent career placement.

  • Rajan Batta, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

UB President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

This award was established in 2011 to recognize the outstanding faculty mentorship that currently exists at UB and seeks to encourage further faculty commitment to and participation in the undergraduate research and creative experience.

  • Mark T. Swihart, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement

This award honors outstanding professional achievement that has been focused on a particular body of work over a number of years. This award recognizes an unprecedented accomplishment in a senior scholar’s career, distinguishing a body of work of enduring importance that has gone beyond the norm in a particular field of study.

  • Susan Zonglu Hua, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Jinhui Xu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Exceptional Scholar Award for Young Investigators

This award celebrates a recent superior achievement of a scholar in his/her field of study. Such an achievement will have distinguished the recipient as an up-and-coming scholar, as well as earned the individual acclaim for his/her work.

  • Iman Borazjani, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Changhyun Kwon, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering