Rensselaer faculty members were honored with annual Institute awards, and for service and dedication, at the 45th annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, held April 28 in the Heffner Alumni House.
Ricardo Dobry, Institute Professor, received the William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award. Established by Edward P. Hamilton ’07 in memory of William H. Wiley (Class of 1886), the award honors those who have won the respect of the faculty through excellence in teaching, productive research, and interest in the totality of the educational process. Dobry was honored for “excellence across the board in teaching, service, and scholarship. But most notably for producing numerous substantive and path breaking contributions that, taken together, have led to a vastly improved understanding of how soils respond to seismic forces, significant improvements in seismic structural design, better building codes, and ultimately, countless lives saved.”
Daniel Gall, associate professor of materials science and engineering, received the Rensselaer Early Career Award, which honors productivity in both teaching and research.
James Crivello, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, received the Jerome Fischbach Faculty Travel Grant, which is funded by Jerome Fischbach ’38 for contributions faculty members have made to the education and motivation of students.
Mark Changizi, assistant professor of cognitive science, received the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Award Fellowship, established by the Class of 1951 to recognize faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in education.
George Plopper, associate professor of biology, was awarded the Board of Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award, which was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding accomplishments in classroom instruction.
In addition to the award winners, many faculty members were recognized for their years of service to Rensselaer. Joseph Ecker and Kenneth Warriner were honored for 40 years of service; Robert Krull and Thomas Zimmie celebrated 35 years of service; Georges Belfort, Caren Canier, W. Randolph Franklin, Michael Hanna, Mark Holmes, and Sheppard Salon were recognized for 30 years of service; and Daniel Berg, Mark Embrechts, Leik Myrabo, William Foley, Mark Mistur, and Kenneth Vastola each were recognized for 25 years of service.
Also recognized at the dinner were retiring faculty members: Kevin Craig, George Dvorak, John Koller, Carl McDaniel, Peter Parsons, Robert Sands, William St. John, and James Tien.
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