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Rensselaer Research Review Spring 2007 * Feature Articles Awards & Grants Recent Patents Accolades
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Accolades

A 1991 article authored by Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor B. Wayne Bequette has been ranked by the American Chemical Society as number 23 of the 100 most-cited articles published in the series of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research journals since 1975. The article is titled “Nonlinear control of chemical processes: a review.” Only two control-related articles appear ahead of Bequette. I&EC compiled the list to coincide with its 100th anniversary in 2008. Bequette and other researchers with papers on the top 100 citations list were invited to present a lecture at a symposium celebrating the magazine’s centennial at the fall 2008 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia. The complete list of the 100 most-cited papers can be found at: http://pubs.acs.org/journals/iecred/promo/100th/100mostsited.html.

Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, received the prestigious Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology from the American Chemical Society. The annual award was established in 1978. The ACS said this year’s award “recognizes many of Professor Dordick’s achievements leading to functional bioengineered materials, enzyme-based nanocomposites, and bioactive agents that impact human health and bioprocesses.” Dordick will present a lecture after accepting the award at the ACS 234th National Meeting & Exposition, to be held in late August in Boston. Dordick is the second Rensselaer researcher to win the Johnson Award. Harry Bungay, now a professor emeritus in the same department as Dordick, won the award in the early 1990s.

Murat Arcak, associate professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, recently received the 2007 SIAG/CST Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory. The award, given annually since 1997, went to Arcak for his fundamental contributions to the study of large networked systems. “He has enhanced performance and robustness for wireless and biological networks, and improved resource allocation for the Internet,” the SIAG said. Arcak, who is currently a visiting scholar at MIT through August, accepted the award on July 1 at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications in San Francisco. At the conference, he also delivered the presentation “Structure and Passivity in Networks of Dynamic Systems.”

Don Steiner, a research professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, was recognized for developing the e-learning course Nuclear Phenomena for Engineering Applications. It was one of 10 “technologically rich and pedagogically sound” courses honored by educational software firm Blackboard Inc. for their course design, student interaction, assessment, and learner support. The award, called the Greenhouse Exemplary Course Program, was presented on July 11 at Blackboard’s annual users conference in Boston.

Pulickel Ajayan, the Henry Burlage Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer, in June was named one of the top 50 innovators in the field of nanotechnology by online magazine Nanotech Briefs. Ajayan won one the publication’s third-annual Nano 50 awards, which seek to recognize the top technologies, researchers, and products that significantly impacted the industry and helped move nanotech into key mainstream markets. Winners were chosen by a panel of experts. Ajayan, who was recognized as a leader and pioneer in the field, will be honored along with other winners at an awards dinner in November at the NASA Tech Briefs National Nano Engineering Conference in Boston. Ajayan is also scheduled to speak at the event. Nanotech Briefs is an offshoot of NASA Tech Briefs, which bills itself to be the country’s largest-circulation design engineering magazine.

Ron Sun, professor of cognitive science, has been selected to receive the 2008 Hebb Award from the International Neural Network Society (INNS). The award is conferred once a year after a careful nomination and deliberation process, and recognizes achievement in biological learning. Sun will receive the award – which consists of a plaque and cash prize – during the 2008 World Congress on Computational Intelligence.

Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer, last month received the 2006 Gaden Award from the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering and its publisher, Wiley-Blackwell. Dordick won the award, which is designated for “a high-impact paper reflecting exceptional innovation, creativity, and originality,” for his article “Controlled hierarchical assembly of switchable DNA-multiprotein complexes” coauthored with postdoctoral research associate Grazyna Sroga and published in the June 2006 issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Dordick will receive an honorarium and has been invited to speak at an American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology session at a forthcoming ACS national meeting.

Chunming Zhou, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, was honored for his work in film coatings. Zhou received the 2007 International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films Graduate Student Gold Medal Award for his research on Ta nanopillar arrays grown by glancing angle deposition. He was chosen in the fall as one of four finalists who gave presentations to a panel of international judges at an ICMCTF conference in April. Zhou emerged as the winner.

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