FACULTY HONORS AND AWARDS

2013-2014

December 2013

Prager Medal
Robert McMeeking, professor of materials and mechanical engineering, received the 2014 Prager Medal from the Society of Engineering Science (SES), awarded for outstanding research contributions in theoretical and/or experimental solid mechanics.

National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Two professors have been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, for their highly prolific spirit of innovation:

  • Steven DenBaars, professor of materials and electrical & computer engineering, and co-director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center.
  • Samir Mitragotri, professor of chemical engineering and the biomolecular science and engineering program.

November 2013

Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award
W. Patrick McCray, professor of history, received the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Awards for his book The Visioneers: How A Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future (Princeton University Press). This award recognizes outstanding books that advance public understanding of astronautics and reward originality, scholarship and readability.

Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Cynthia Brown, professor of french and italian, was named Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of her outstanding scholarship and instruction in French literature and culture.

Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award
Casey Walsh, associate professor of anthropology, has received the prestigious Paul Farmer Global Citizensip Award from the Center for a Public Anthropology, in recognition of his exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropolgy’s Community Action Online Project, as well as his wider activities in the public sphere.

TMS Morris Cohen Award
Carlos Levi, professor of materials and mechanical engineering, has been selected for the 2014 TMS Morris Cohen Award, which recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science and/or technology of materials properties with lasting impact on the development of the discipline.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Three professors have been elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

  • Amr El Abbadi, professor of computer sicnece, for contributions to the design of fault-tolerant large-scale data management systems.
  • Kevin Almeroth, professor of computer science, for contributions to multicast communication, wireless networks, and educational technology.
  • Elizabeth Belding, professor of computer science, for contributions to mobile and wireless networking and communication protocols.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow
Five professors have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

  • Glenn Frederickson, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials, for contributions to the understanding of block copolymers, complex fluids and other soft matter.
  • Scott T. Grafton, professor of psychological and brain sciences, for establishing brain imaging technology as a tool for cognitive neuroscience and its novel application to normal, plastic and pathological motor behavior.
  • Glenn E. Lucas, executive vice chancellor and professor of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and materials, for distinguished contributions to the field of mechanical deformation and fracture in structural materials and for extraordinary leadership in university administration.
  • Craig Montell, Duggan Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology and Neuroscience, for the discovery of transient receptor potential channels, which transformed our understanding of sensory signaling and led to insights in how to control neurodegeneration, pain and insect pests.
  • William W. Murdoch, professor emeritus of ecology, evolution, and marine biology, for distinguished research leading to development and experimental testing of new theory in population dynamics, especially the interactions between populations of predators and their prey.

October 2013

Physics Frontiers Prize
Joseph Polchinski, professor of physics, has received the 2014 Physics Frontiers Prize for advancing the understanding of string theory.

AVS Medard W. Welch Award
Chris Van de Walle, professor of materials, has been awarded the 2013 AVS Medard W. Welch Award, the premier honor given by the Science and Technology Society.

September 2013

American Geophysical Union Fellow
David Lea, professor of earth science, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, for novel contributions to proxy development and reconstructing Pleistocene-Holocene climate.

August 2013

Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
Matthew Begley, professor of mechanical engineering, has been chosen as one of three recipients for the 2013 Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award. The award is given for “an outstanding performance in applied research.”

George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award
Bassam Bamieh, professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. This award is the most prestigious best paper award in the discipline of control science, given the for best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow
Eckart Meiburg, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of ASME, for outstanding leadership and contributions in the area of fluid mechanics, in particular in the areas of vortex dynamics, wake flows, multiphase flows, turbidity currents and the physics of a variety of hydrodynamic instabilities.

July 2013

Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship
Krzysztof Janowicz, assistant professor of geography, has been awarded a Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship, which provides support for promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.

Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal
Douglas Scalapino, professor of physics, will receive the 2013 Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal for his imaginative use and development of the Monte Carlo approach and for his ground-breaking contributions to superconductivity.