Engineering Faculty Celebrated at
Annual Recognition Dinner
School of Engineering faculty members were honored with annual recognition awards at the School of Engineering Faculty Achievement Dinner, held May 10 in Pat’s Barn at the Rensselaer Technology Park.
“The School of Engineering takes great pride in the accomplishments, recognitions, and commitment of its outstanding faculty,” said David Rosowsky, dean of engineering. “Our annual awards seek to recognize and celebrate some of our top teacher-scholars. We are honored to count these award recipients among our distinguished faculty and celebrate their commitment to our mission of delivering a world-class engineering education to our students.”
The Education Excellence Awards were presented by Kurt Anderson, associate dean for undergraduate education, to Marc-Olivier Coppens, professor of chemical and biological engineering, for education innovation; and to Pankaj Karande, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Bimal Malaviya, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, for classroom excellence.
The Research Excellence Awards were presented by Tarek Abdoun, associate dean for graduate programs and research, to Fuming Zhang, research professor of chemical and biological engineering; Emily Liu, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering; Peter Tessier, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering; Michael Amitay, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering; and Ganpati Ramanath, professor of materials science and engineering.
The Outstanding Team Award was presented by Rosowsky to X. George Xu, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, Suvranu De, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, and Peter Caracappa, lecturer, mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, for their work on “Shared Core Virtual Human Technology.”
The Outstanding Professor Award was presented by Rosowsky to William “Al” Wallace, Yamada Corporation Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering.
In his remarks, Dean Rosowsky also congratulated the engineering faculty who were recognized earlier in the week at the Institute awards dinner: Peter Tessier, for the James M. Tien ’66 Early Career Award for Faculty; John Tichy, for the Jerome Fischbach Faculty Travel Grant; Thomas Sharkey, for the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Development Grant; and Tarek Abdoun, for the Board of Trustees’ 2012 Outstanding Teacher Award.