College honors distinguished faculty, researchers at annual awards ceremony

Posted: April 27, 2018

21st Annual College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Awards Honorees
The College of Engineering annually honors faculty members for outstanding teaching and research. The 2018 awardees were recognized on April 26 at the 21st annual Distinguished Faculty Awards. 

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Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education

Siddharth Rajan, ECE — For leadership in electronic materials research and education.

Roberto Myers, MSE — For innovations in materials synthesis and design leading to breakthrough discoveries in spin-based electronics, spin/thermal effects and polarization engineered nanowire heterostructures.

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 

Gerald Frankel, MSE — For distinguished scholarship, national and international leadership, and inspired teaching and advising in the field of corrosion.

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 

Karen Murphy — For her unfailing enthusiasm and dedicated volunteerism and mentoring, which has guided and inspired countless chemical engineering students, particularly women and minority students.

Mark Eppich and Jason Sanson, City of Columbus — For their outstanding long-term commitments to strengthen the environmental engineering capstone course and boost the professional experience for environmental engineering students.

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

Kadri Parris, EED — For his exceptional teaching in the Department of Engineering Education and his tireless work in the First-Year Engineering program to ensure that all students receive an extraordinary first-year experience.

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 

Avraham Benatar, MSE — In recognition of his innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

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 

Lee Potter, ECE — For creating innovative laboratory instruction and multimedia learning resources, and widely disseminating freely available licensed materials to benefit student learning.

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

Stuart Cooper, CBE — For providing outstanding mentoring and creating a supportive environment that has not only helped faculty to succeed, but also contributed to elevating the department’s national reputation.

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 

Subha Raman, Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine — For catalytic leadership and vision in establishing a vigorous program of translational research impacting cardiovascular patient care.

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

Glenn Daehn, MSE — For weaving professional development of K-12 science teachers with economic and workforce development, leading to the creation and adoption of materials science courses in high schools across Ohio and the nation.

Arnab Nandi, CSE — For his contributions to and leadership of the OHI/O Hackathon and Informal Learning Program.

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 

La’Tonia Stiner-Jones, BME — For excellence in promoting diversity and creating an environment and organizational culture in which all individuals are accepted, respected and valued.

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 

Jessica Winter, CBE — For her development of fluorescent and magnetic nanoparticles for clinical diagnostic applications.

This award recognizes the achievements of an individual or team whose innovation has successfully translated the research emanating from our laboratories into new products and/or technologies that can be used by the public at large.

Honda-Ohio State Partnership Award 

Bob Rhoads, EED — For his leadership in sustaining and expanding the capstone partnership to the benefit of students, faculty and the College of Engineering.

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

Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching 

Paul Clingan, EED — For his dedication to helping students and using humor to create an engaging classroom environment that promotes student learning while encouraging students to always do their best.

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 and outstanding teaching ability. 

Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Awards 

Anne Co, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences; and Umit Ozkan, CBE, for their collaborative work in high temperature electrocatalysis, and the development of precious-metal free electrocatalysts.

Jen-Ping Chen, MAE; and Han-Wei Shen, CSE, whose collaborative research is focused on feature extraction, uncertainty data modeling and input/output optimization.

Junmin Wang, MAE; Xiaorui Wang, ECE; Haijun Su, MAE; and Richard Jagacinski, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, whose collaborative research has focused on cyber-human-physical systems, with an emphasis on enhancing the driving safety of individual vehicle driver-pairs.

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 

Qadeer Ahmed, CAR; Theodore Allen, ISE; Nima Ghalichechian, ECE; Liang Guo, ECE; Lisa Hall, CBE; Rubao Li, CSE; Andrew O’Brien, ESL; Siddharth Rajan, ECE; Ajay Shah, FABE; Soheil Soghrati, MAE; Vishnu Sundaresan, MAE; and Wei Zhang, MSE

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.