19 receive 2015 SEAS faculty awards

Recipients of the first SEAS annual research and teaching awards.

by Jane Stoyle Welch

Published December 14, 2015

Beginning this year, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences initiated five new awards to recognize faculty excellence in teaching and research.

The awards were presented during the annual SEAS holiday party by Dean Liesl Folks and Rajan Batta, associate dean for faculty affairs and chair of the SEAS awards committee.

Nominated by fellow faculty and vetted by a newly created SEAS Awards committee, 19 junior and senior faculty received the inaugural awards.

“Separate awards for research and teaching were thought to be appropriate in order to recognize both educational and research excellence, elements that are important to SEAS,” said Rajan Batta.

The awards and recipients are as follows.

SEAS Best Teaching Faculty of the Year Award

This award is presented to teaching faculty members for outstanding educational contributions to SEAS.

  • Carl Alphonce, Computer Science and Engineering

From left, Liesl Folks, Carl Alphonce and Rajan Batta.

SEAS Early Career Researcher of the Year Award

This award is presented to assistant professors for outstanding research contributions to SEAS.

  • Qiaoqiang Gan, Electrical Engineering
  • Jing Gao, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Dimitrios Koutsonikolas Computer Science and Engineering
  • Haiqing Lin, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Jonathan Lovell, Biomedical Engineering

From left, Liesl Folks, Haiqing Lin, Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Jing Gao, Qiaoqiang Gan, and Rajan Batta. Missing from photo is Jonathan Lovell.

SEAS Early Career Teacher of the Year Award

This award is presented to assistant professors for outstanding educational contributions to SEAS.

  • Lora Cavuoto, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Geoffrey Challen, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Steven Ko, Computer Science and Engineering
  • David Salac, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

From left, Liesl Folks, Steven Ko, David Salac, Lora Cavuoto and Rajan Batta. Missing from the photo is Geoff Challen.

SEAS Senior Researcher of the Year Award

This award is presented to associate or full professors for outstanding recent research contributions to SEAS.

  • Michel Bruneau, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Natalia Litchinitser, Electrical Engineering
  • Kui Ren, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Sean Wu, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Jinhui Xu, Computer Science and Engineering

From left, Liesl Folks, Jinhui Xu, Kui Ren, Michel Bruneau, Sean Wu and Rajan Batta. Missing from the photo is Natalia Litchinitser.

Natalia Litchinitser (center) with Liesl Folks and Rajan Batta.

SEAS Senior Teacher of the Year Award

This award is presented to associate or full professors for outstanding recent educational contributions to SEAS.

  • Victor Paquet, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Atri Rudra, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Marina Tsianou, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Shambhu Upadhyaya, Computer Science and Engineering

From left, Liesl Folks, Shambhu Upadhyaya, Atri Rudra, Marina Tsianou and Rajan Batta. Missing from the photo is Victor Paquet.

Victor Paquet with Liesl Folks.