2018 SEAS Faculty and Staff Awards

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recognizes faculty and staff excellence through a yearly awards program. Recipients are nominated by fellow faculty and staff and vetted by awards committees: one for faculty and the other for staff.  

This year's award recipients are as follows.

Faculty Awards

Service Recognitions

Staff Awards

Special Recognitions

Josep Jornet was published in Nature. He co-authored a paper with colleagues from Brown University and Rice University entitled "Security and eavesdropping in terahertz wireless links," which describes vulnerabilities in terahertz data links. The research was funded in part by the NSF, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Josep Jornet and Liesl Folks.

Josep Jornet and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Albert Titus and Liesl Folks.

Albert Titus and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Albert Titus received a patent for a microfabricated calorimeter for RF power measurement. The patented device enables RF power measurement using a microfabricated device that can have lower losses than traditional methods and thus be more accurate.

Jonathan Lovell received a patent entitled "Compositions and method for light triggered release of materials from nanovesicles," which describes a light-triggered drug release technology. The patent is licensed to UB spinoff, POP Biotechnologies.

Jonathan Lovell and Liesl Folks.

Jonathan Lovell and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Best Teaching Faculty of the Year Award

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

Jason Armstrong, Rajan Batta, Filip Stephanovic and Liesl Folks.

Jason Armstrong, Rajan Batta, Filip Stephanovic and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Winners:

Jason Armstrong, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for his significant contributions to the academic development and professional success of his students. A committed proponent of experiential learning and undergraduate research, he has created numerous opportunities for student involvement outside of the classroom.

Filip Stefanovic, Biomedical Engineering, for his exemplary dedication to teaching, as shown by his connection to students and glowing student feedback. His varied teaching styles engage all types of learners and encourage hands-on learning and real-world based skill building.

Early Career Researcher of the Year Award

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

Winners:

Rajan Batta, Sara Behdad and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Sara Behdad and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Sara Behdad, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for prolific and sustained research production, as shown by journal manuscripts and funded projects. She has established herself as a national leader in the development of predictive models for hazardous electronic waste products, data-driven remanufacturing, and behavioral economics in product design.

Matthew Bolton, Industrial and Systems Engineering, for outstanding commitment to research, focusing on developing novel methods and tools for task analytic models of human behavior, taxonomies of erroneous human behavior, formal system modeling, and model checking that is used to evaluate human-automation interaction (HAI) and to predict when unanticipated erroneous events can contribute to system failure.

Rajan Batta, Matthew Bolton and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Matthew Bolton and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Shi Li, Computer Science and Engineering, for significant contributions to research and publications in the field of computer science, including a paper in the Journal of the ACM and two invited papers in special issues of the SIAM Journal on Computing. His research focuses on approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems.

Early Career Teacher of the Year Award

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

Winners:

Josep Jornet, Electrical Engineering, for documented excellence in teaching, specifically courses on information technology, an important growth area for the department with strong student demand. His teaching evaluations and student comments both indicate his outstanding skills as an educator.

Rajan Batta, Josep Jornet and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Josep Jornet and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Rajan Batta, Mostafa Nouh and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Mostafa Nouh and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Mostafa Nouh, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for revolutionizing the teaching of the fundamental course EAS 208: Dynamics, impacting hundreds of students, and developing an exceptional new course in Acoustics and Wave Propagation. His assiduous dedication to student learning is evident by student response and his remarkable course evaluations.

Yun Wu, Biomedical Engineering, for independently developing two key courses, Biomedical Chemical Principles 2 and Biomedical Microtechnology and Nanotechnology. Her dedication to teaching is evidenced by the consistent compliments and superb ratings she receives from students.

Rajan Batta, Yun Wu and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Yun Wu and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Senior Researcher of the Year Award

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

Winners:

Paul DesJardin, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for high impact contributions in the field of combustion science.  His findings have been used to understand a diverse range of combustion phenomena including the prediction of fire growth, reducing emissions of biomass combustors, and predicting the performance of solid fuel hybrid rockets. 

Rajan Batta, Paul DesJardin and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Paul Desjardin and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Rajan Batta,Tevfik Kosar and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Tevfik Kosar and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Tevfik Kosar, Computer Science and Engineering, for significant contributions to the field of data intensive distributed computing systems by developing novel techniques for decreasing the energy footprint of global data movement and optimizing the end-to-end data transfer throughput. His novel work has been published in top journals and conferences in this area.

Jonathan Lovell, Biomedical Engineering, for seminal research focusing on development and clinical translation of new nanoplatform approaches to disease treatment, vaccination and imaging, with a huge potential impact on human health. His recent work opens the door to an unprecedented vaccine-making strategy that will have lasting impact on the cancer immunology fields.

Rajan Batta, Jonathan Lovell and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Jonathan Lovell and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Rajan Batta, Jun Zhuang and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Jun Zhuang and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Jun Zhuang, Industrial and Systems Engineering, for contributions to the integration of operations research and game theory and decision analysis to improve mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for natural and man-made disasters. This high impact research has garnered an extremely high citation count and preeminent external recognition.

Senior Teacher of the Year Award

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

Winners:

Tevfik Kosar, Computer Science and Engineering, for dedication and hard work in redesigning the Operating Systems (OS) course (CSE 421/521) to include advanced concepts such as multi-threading, distributed coordination, distributed operating systems, and distributed file systems to keep the students at the edge of modern technologies. These teaching innovations have been highly embraced by the students.

Rajan Batta, Tevfik Kosar and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Tevfik Kosar and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Rajan Batta, David Salac and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, David Salac and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

David Salac, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for leadership and dedication in redesigning two important courses, MAE204: Thermodynamics and EAS 230: Engineering Computations, as well as developing an online version of MAE 204: Thermodynamics. His innovative offerings and leadership across the entire graduate curriculum have systemically raised the overall educational experience of thousands of students

Weifeng Su, Electrical Engineering, for exemplary pedagogical commitment and skill. His teaching emphasizes the fundamentals of communications systems from practice to theory, forcing students to think in a manner that challenges their preconceived notions.

Rajan Batta, Weifeng Su and Liesl Folks.

Rajan Batta, Weifeng Su and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Unsung Hero Award

This award is presented to a staff member(s) who contributes significantly to a SEAS department, but whose role and support for the department may not be as visible as some others.

Winners:

Linda Krupski, Liesl Folks, Scot Weinreber and Christina Escobar.

Linda Krupski, Liesl Folks, Scot Weinreber and Christina Escobar. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Linda Jean Krupski, Science and Engineering Node Services

Scot Weinreber, Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory

Dean's Award for Excellence in Service

This award is presented to a staff member(s) whose extraordinary service contributions have significantly enriched their SEAS department with exceptional achievements and superior performance.

Winner:

Cheryl Michalowski, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Christina Escobar, Cheryl Michalowski and Liesl Folks.

Christina Escobar, Liesl Folks and Cheryl Michalowski. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Rising Star Award

This award is presented to a staff member(s) who demonstrates quality performance that indicates continuous development into an exemplary SEAS employee.

Christina Escobar, Chelsea Montrois, Liesl Folks and Jackie Baum.

Christina Escobar, Chelsea Montrois, Liesl Folks and Jackie Baum. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Winners:

Jackie Baum, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Chelsea Montrois, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
 

Cause for Applause Award

This award is presented to a staff member(s) who exemplifies achievements related to SEAS activities over and above assigned responsibilities.

Winner:

Sarah D'Iorio, SEAS Communications

Sarah D'Iorio, Christina Escobar and Liesl Folks.

Sarah D'Iorio, Christina Escobar and Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Outstanding Customer Service Award

This award is presented to a staff member(s) who provides exemplary service to SEAS faculty, staff, students and other constituents within/outside their department.

Christina Escobar, Liesl Folks and Rosemary Lombardo.

Christina Escobar, Liesl Folks and Rosemary Lombardo. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Winner:

Rosemary Lombardo, Department of Mechanical and Aerospacel Engineering

Service Awards

10 Years of Service

  • Chong Cheng
  • Atri Rudra
  • Chang Wen Chen
  • Jennifer Zirnheld
Jennifer Zirnheld and Liesl Folks.

10 Years of Service Award: Jennifer Zirnheld with Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

20 years of service awards.

20 years of service awards: Rohini Srihari, Jason Lasker, Liesl Folks, Ann Bisantz, Bina Ramamurthy and James Michalowski. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

20 Years of Service

  • Amjad Aref
  • Amy Bisantz
  • Jason Lasker
  • Jim Michalowski
  • Sriram Neelamegham
  • Bina Ramamurthy
  • Rohini Srihari

30 Years of Service

  • Stuart Chen
  • Don Goralski
  • Jim Jensen
  • Gary Olson
  • Jane Stoyle Welch
Jim Jensen, Liesl Folks, Jane Stoyle Welch and Don Goralski.

30 years of service award: Jim Jensen, Liesl Folks, Jane Stoyle Welch and Donald Goralski. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

Sargaur Srihari and Liesl Folks.

40 years of service award: Sargaur Srihari with Liesl Folks. Photo credit: The Onion Studio.

40 Years of Service

  • Wayne Anderson
  • Sargaur Srihari
  • Ralph Rumer
  • Ralph Yang