Published May 20, 2019
Kwang Oh, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, is one of three UB faculty members to be named a recipient of the 2019 President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, UB’s highest honor given for undergraduate mentoring.
The Meyerson award honors faculty members for the crucial guidance and support they provide undergraduate students to help them develop the necessary skills for research, creativity, critical thinking and innovation.
It was established through a generous gift by the late President Emeritus Martin Meyerson, who served as UB’s 10th president, and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at the university.
“Each year, the Meyerson Award recognizes the impact quality mentoring has on the student experience and academic achievement,” says Ann M. Bisantz, dean of undergraduate education. “As UB strives to deepen and enrich student involvement across the campus, we look to our faculty to cultivate rich opportunities that will give students an advantage in their chosen fields.”
Oh, who is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, focuses his research pursuits on bioMEMS, microfluidics and sensors, important areas that continue to impact development of lab-on-chip, point-of-care, high-throughput cell study and unconventional microfluidic applications. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds 21 U.S. patents and 49 foreign patents.
He has mentored several doctoral and master’s students, and more than 20 undergraduate research students.
Oh is a recipient of the 2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award for research that “inspires students and sparks new approaches in key technology areas.” He was named an “Emerging Investigator” by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012, and before joining the UB faculty worked at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung Electronics in Korea.
He holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Oh, together with Colleen Culleton, associate professor of Spanish, and David Schmid, associate professor of English, will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Excellence this fall.