2011-2012

Faculty Honors and Awards

May 2012

2012 Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Craig Hawker, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has won the 2012 Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his creative development of new strategies for the design of novel polymers.

Harold J. Plous Award
Peter Alagona
, an assistant professor of history and environmental studies, received the 2012-13 Harold J. Plous Award. One of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, the award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university. The award, which is presented by the College of Letters and Science, was established in 1957 to honor the memory of Harold J. Plous, an assistant professor of economics.

April 2012

Distinguished Young Rheologist Award
Matthew E. Helgeson, associate professor of chemical engineering, has won the Distinguished Young Rheologist Award from TA Instruments, for his academic contributions to the field of rheology.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Edward Kramer, professor of materials and chemical engineering, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sol Stetin Award for Labor History
Nelson Lichtenstein, the MacArthur Foundation Chair in History, received the 2012 Sol Stetin Award for Labor History, given to scholars whose work has helped shape our understanding of working people and the labor movement.

National Academy of Sciences
Two professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They are Matthew Fisher, professor of physics, and Napoleon Chagnon, emeritus professor of anthropology. The election of Fisher brings the number of active UCSB faculty members elected to 36.

March 2012

UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer Award
Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, professors of psychology and anthropology, respectively, have been named the recipients of the 2012 UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer Award,  for their contrubutions to the field of evolutionary psychology.

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
Kaustav Banerjee, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has won the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany for his work on nanoelectronics.

February 2012

Sloan Research Fellowship
M. Scott Shell, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, is among this year’s winners of Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The two-year fellowships are awarded to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields.

Air Force Young Investigator Award
David Weld, an assistant professor of physics, is one of the recipients of  the Air Force Young Investigator Award, for his research focusing on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Sensing with Ultracold Strontium. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

National Academy of Engineering
Steven DenBaars, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition for his contributions to gallium nitride-based materials and devices for solid state lighting and displays.

October 2011

E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Chemical Engineering professor and department chair Michael Doherty has received the 2012 E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The purpose of the award is to stimulate fundamental research in industrial and engineering chemistry, the development of chemical engineering principles and their application to industrial processes. Honorees receive $5,000 with the award, which is sponsored by the Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company.

IBM Faculty Award
Christopher Kruegel, associate professor of computer science, has received a 2011 IBM Faculty Award. The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations; and promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

September 2011

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Two UC Santa Barbara assistant professors received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career. The UCSB recipients are:

  • Benjamin Mazin, assistant professor of physics for his outstanding contributions to the development of ultra-sensitive low-temperature detector arrays.
  • Sumita Pennathur, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, for her outstanding research achievements in the fields of nanotechnology and mechanical engineering.

DARPA Young Faculty Award
Rouslan Krechetnikov, assistant professor of mechanical engineering professor, has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award. His award is for a proposal entitled, “Low-dimensional modeling and identification of finite-amplitude instabilities in complex systems.” The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs.

NIH New Innovator Award
Songi Han, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been selected to receive a 2011 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. The award, which includes a $1.5 million grant, supports exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. She is one of 49 researchers in the nation to be so honored.

Technology and Engineering Emmy Award
Shuji Nakamura, professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, will receive a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The awards honor outstanding achievement in technical or engineering development, and recognize individuals, companies, and scientific or technical organizations for developments in engineering technology that have significantly impacted broadcast television. Nakamura is being recognized for his pioneering development of large-venue, large-screen direct view color displays.

American Ceramic Society Fellow
Susanne Stemmer, professor of materials, has been named a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). The ACerS advances the study, understanding and use of ceramic and related materials for the benefits of our members and society.

August 2011

Hayward Derrick Horton Award
Melvin L. Oliver, Dean of Social Sciences, received the Hayward Derrick Horton Award from the Critical Demography Association for outstanding scholarship in Critical Demography. He is the second recipient of the award.

July 2011

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards
Four assistant professors at UC Santa Barbara have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. The UCSB recipients are:

  • Peter Alagona, assistant professor of history and environmental studies, for research on the University of California’s Natural Reserve System and the role of biological field stations in American environmental history.
  • Rouslan Krechetnikov, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, for research on self-sustained motions of interfaces: dynamics, instabilities, and singularities
  • Javier Read de Alaniz, assistant professor of chemistry, for research on advances in the cascade rearrangement of furylcarbinols for complex molecular synthesis.
  • Luke Theogarajan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, for research on integrating CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductors) processing technology for sensing electronics, with a versatile single-molecule detector, the nanopore.