Honors and Awards

February 2023

Assistant Professor William Leeb (mathematics) has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for research into new mathematical methods for data processing

McKnight Presidential Professor Douglas Arnold (mathematics) has been selected for the 2023 Peter Henrici Prize in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of numerical analysis.

Assistant Professor Sayan Biswas (mechanical engineering) is the recipient of the prestigious Office of Naval Research 2023 Young Investigator Award, given to the best and brightest scientists and engineers from across academia.

January 2023

Professor Emeritus David Kohlstedt (earth and environmental sciences) has been awarded the Vetlesen Prize, one of the highest honors in Earth sciences and considered to be the field’s Nobel Prize equivalent.

Assistant Professor Brittany Hartwell (biomedical engineering) is one of four researchers worldwide who has been awarded a 2022 Michelson Prize, which recognizes early-career investigators who represent “the next generation of innovators in human immunology and vaccine research.”

Professor R. Lawrence “Larry” Edwards (earth and environmental sciences) has been awarded the Franklin Institute’s 2023 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences recognizing his achievements in the field.

Postdoctoral researcher Saikat Mukherjee (mechanical engineering) received a 2022 UMN Postdoc Award from the University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association, recognizing his exemplary work and contributions to the University's mission.

Professor Rajesh Rajamani (mechanical engineering) is the 2022 recipient of the ASME Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award, given biennially for either excellent sustained contributions or for an outstanding major, singular contribution in innovative applications or dynamic systems, measurement, or control in engineering practice.

Ph.D. candidate Renata Saha (electrical and computer engineering) was part of the three-member team that won third place in the Magnetic Sensor Challenge at the 2022 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conference.

Associate Professor Mingyi Hong (electrical and computer engineering) was recently honored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) with the Pierre-Simon Laplace Early Career Technical Achievement Award, which honors individuals who have made significant technical contributions within the field early in their career.

Professor Yousef Saad (computer science and engineering) was awarded the 2023 John von Neumann Prize, the highest honor and flagship lecture of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), in recognition of his fundamental contributions to scientific computing.

Professor Victor Barocas (biomedical engineering) has received the 2023 Robert M. Nerem Education and Mentorship Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his outstanding achievement in education and mentoring of trainees.

Associate Professor Mohammad Maddah-Ali (electrical and computer engineering) was named a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Alumnus Thomas M. Coughlin (B.S. Physics '77, M.S. EE '81) was elected as the 2023 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) President.

Professor Jiali Gao (chemistry) has been awarded the 2023 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, which recognizes significant individual achievement in the use of computers in the advancement of the chemical and biological sciences and recognizes.

Professor R. Lee Penn (chemistry) was awarded the University of Minnesota's 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award, honoring their significant research, teaching, and service to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University.

Assistant Professors Qi Zhang (chemical engineering and materials science), Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran (chemistry), and Ognjen Ilic (mechanical engineering) are among ten recipients of the University of Minnesota's 2023-2025 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship.