Faculty Honors and Awards

Rajan Batta, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, received the 2016 Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE). This is the third significant award Batta has received from the IISE—he was also honored with the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award and Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award.

Michel Bruneau, a professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, received the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Established in 1970, the Reese Prize is awarded to the author or authors of a paper that describes a notable achievement in research related to structural engineering, and that indicates and recommends how the research can be applied to design practice.

Venu Govindaraju, a globally recognized expert in machine learning and pattern recognition, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The peer-nominated honor is given to academic researchers who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Govindaraju is UB’s vice president for research and economic development, and a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

Jonathan Lovell was awarded the Rita Schaefer Young Investigator Award at the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting. The award recognizes a high level of originality and ingenuity in a scientific work in biomedical engineering. It is offered each year to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering. It was created in honor of former BMES Executive Director Rita Schaffer in 2000.

Chunming Qiao, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, received the 2015 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award from IEEE’s Communications Society (ComSoc) Communications Switching and Routing (CSR) Technical Committee. The award recognizes Qiao’s technical contributions in the fields of communication switching and routing.

Kui Ren has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Ren, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was recognized for his “contributions to security and privacy in cloud computing and wireless networks.”

Mark T. Swihart, UB Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Executive Director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor is bestowed on AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Andrew Whittaker, a professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and director of MCEER, was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Fewer than 3.5% of ASCE’s more than 150,000 members hold this prestigious honor. Whittaker also advanced to Fellow of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute, a grade that distinguishes members as leaders and mentors in the profession.

Teng Wu, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, received the 2016 Alfred Noble prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award recognizes a technical paper of exceptional merit whose first author is younger than 35. The award is made to a member of any grade of the ASCE, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc., American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or Western Society of Engineers, for a technical paper in any of their publications. Co-author Ahsan Kareem, Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is a co-recipient of the award.

Jennifer L. Zirnheld, Maxwell Technologies Inc. Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine as one of 100 Inspiring Women in STEM. The national award recognizes women whose work and achievements are encouraging a new generation of women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while also providing support to others working in STEM fields.