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Honoring excellence: 19th Annual Distinguished Faculty Awards

19th Annual College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Awards Honorees19th Annual College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Awards HonoreesThe College of Engineering annually honors faculty and researchers for outstanding teaching, research and outreach at the Distinguished Faculty Awards. The 2016 awardees were recognized on April 26 in the Blackwell ballroom.

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Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education

Eylem Ekici, ECE, for leadership in electrical and computer engineering research and education, including fundamental advances in network algorithm design.

Established in 1983 with a gift from Doris and Stanley Harrison (’58, electrical engineering), this award honors an early to mid-career faculty member’s excellence in teaching and qualitative aspects of teaching, exceptional research, or contributions to engineering or architecture concepts. 

The Clara M. and Peter L. Scott Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education 

Bharat Bhushan, MAE, for his pioneering contributions to tribology, the science of adherence and friction.

In honor of Peter Scott, a 1949 Ohio State graduate in electrical engineering who received an honorary doctoral degree in 1995, this award recognizes a senior faculty member who has achieved both national and international status as a leading educator and researcher. 

Dean’s Meritorious Service to Students Award 

George Blankenship, Lincoln Electric North America, for the development of a strategic industry-university partnership between Lincoln Electric and Ohio State spanning more than 15 years.

This award recognizes an individual or group from outside the Ohio State community for exemplary service to students of the College of Engineering or Knowlton School of Architecture. 

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer

Ryan McPherson, ECE, for demonstrating outstanding teaching, dedication to student achievement and learning, devotion to helping students, and major contributions to curriculum development in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Established in 2015, this award honors an individual lecturer, senior lecturer or other auxiliary faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in their teaching within the college.


David C. McCarthy Engineering Teaching Award 

Mark Ruegsegger, BME, for providing his students with the valuable opportunity to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to design and commercialize solutions to real-life biomedical engineering problems.

This award recognizes the contributions of College of Engineering junior faculty and staff to create more innovative and effective teaching and learning. 

Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Engineering Innovation 

Jeffrey Bons, MAE, for the innovations, dedication, energy and creativity he employed to develop the senior-level experimental projects course sequence in the aerospace engineering curriculum.

Named for the late Ralph L. Boyer (’24, mechanical engineering), the award is presented to a faculty team or to an individual faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of undergraduate engineering education. 

Faculty Mentoring Award

Betty Lise Anderson, ECE, for her enthusiastic mentoring of faculty members, especially recently recruited women faculty members in the ECE department.

This award recognizes an individual faculty member in the college for demonstrated excellence in the mentoring of one or more early-career faculty members within the college.

"Building Bridges" Excellence Award 

P. Chris Hammel, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, for building and sustaining collaborative research between physics and engineering in advanced electronic and magnetic nanomaterials through innovative measurements and for multi-college leadership of the Center for Emergent Materials.

This award is presented each year to a non-COE faculty member at Ohio State who demonstrates excellence and accomplishment in the development and implementation of collaborative activities and programs between his or her academic unit and the College of Engineering. 

Dean’s Award for Distinguished Outreach Achievements

Betty Lise Anderson, ECE, for her leadership in establishing the Electrical and Computer Engineering K12 Engineering Outreach program, which has reached over 12,500 students by taking exciting hands-on engineering projects to more than 80 schools, and dozens of summer camps, libraries and after school-programs.

Established in 2015, this award recognizes an individual faculty member who has demonstrated significant and longstanding achievement of positive community impact through outreach activities or programs within the college.

Faculty Diversity Excellence Award 

Jessica Winter, CBE, for her commitment to developing future diverse leaders through mentorship, research and teaching.

This award recognizes an individual or team demonstrating excellence and success in the development and implementation of models, strategies, practices and programs that foster and enhance diversity in the college. 

Innovators Award 

Chi-Chih Chen and Can Emre Koksal, ECE, for developing, prototyping and transitioning an RF energy harvesting smart-phone cover design.

This award is presented each year to an individual or team of faculty and/or research scientists who best demonstrate innovation in the development of a product and/or technology originating from the Ohio State research enterprise. 

Honda-OSU Partnership Award 

Shawn Midlam-Mohler, MAE, in recognition of his research with Honda, and his significant involvement with Honda’s investment in the OSU Motorsports teams and the SIMCenter. His engagement in many facets across the university is exemplary and shows Shawn’s strength as a researcher and professor.

The Honda-OSU Partnership Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to promoting and strengthening this historic partnership. 

Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching 

Seth Young, CEGE, in recognition of his enthusiasm to inspire and help students to learn about engineering both inside and outside of the classroom.

Named for the late Dean of the College of Engineering, this award is presented annually to faculty members who have demonstrated, in a superior manner, their interest in and willingness to help students. 

Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Awards 

Raymond Cao, MAE; Anne Co, Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Yuan F. Zheng, ECE; in recognition of the impact their research has had on the safety, efficiency and security of the nuclear energy supply of the country, as well as energy storage.

Jacob Boswell, KSA, Landscape Architecture; Kristi Cheramie, KSA, Landscape Architecture; and Mattijs van Maasakkers, KSA, City and Regional Planning; for their projective planning system of land exchange, accessing vacant sites and transforming them into flexible resources for the provision of urban services and proper public purposes. Their land exchange model is currently being tested in New Orleans, Louisiana and Lima, Ohio.

Chi-Chih Chen, ECE; Michael Durand, Earth Sciences; Kenneth Jezek, Earth Sciences; and Joel Johnson, ECE; in honor of their research in the area of microwave remote sensing of ice sheets, specifically the ultra-wideband software defined microwave radiometer.

Named for John H. Lumley (’27, ceramic engineering), this team award recognizes interdisciplinary research accomplishments of the college’s faculty and research staff. 

Lumley Research Awards 

Aaron Arehart, ECE; Güzin Bayraksan, ISE; Michael Bond, CSE; Marcello Canova, MAE; Jianjun Guan, MSE; Xiaoming He, BME; Paula J. Mouser, CEGE; Arnab Nandi, CSE; Shaurya Prakash, MAE; Kubilay Sertel, ECE; Graeme E. Smith, ECE; Xiaorui Wang, ECE;  David W. Wood, CBE

The Lumley Engineering Research Awards are presented to a select group of outstanding researchers in the College of Engineering who have shown exceptional activity and success in pursuing new knowledge of a fundamental or applied nature.