Honors and Awards

July 2018

Alumna Jeannette Brown (chemistry) has written her second book, African American Women Chemists in the Modern Era

Assistant professors Wei-Kuo Chen (mathematics), Lindsay Glesener (physics and astronomy), Lauren Linderman (civil, environmental, and geoengineering), Soheil Mohajer (electrical and computer engineering), and Cara Santelli (earth sciences) received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

The American Solar Energy Society honored alumna Richa Pandey (chemical engineering) with the 2018 Women in Solar Energy Award.

Graduate student Courtney Olson (chemistry) received the 2018 William G. Fateley Student Award by the Coblentz Society.

June 2018

Professor Maria Gini (computer science and engineering) received the Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

May 2018

Professor Mikhail “Misha” Shifman (theoretical physics) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research.

Undergraduate students Aliza Beverage (physics and astrophysics) and Elizabeth Zudock (chemical engineering and chemistry) were named 2018 Astronaut Scholars.

Professor Bethanie Stadler (electrical and computer engineering) was named an MRS Fellow by the Materials Research Society for her pioneering work in magneto-photonics integration and magnetic nanowire devices, and her distinguished service to materials research.

Doctoral candidates Kriti Agarwal (electrical engineering) and Meghna Mankalale (Electrical and Computer Engineering) are recipients of the 2018-2019 Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship.

Alumnus Bodhisatwa Sadhu (electrical and computer engineering) led the IBM Research team to the Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

April 2018

Assistant Professor Lana Yarosh (computer science and engineering) won a 2017 Google Faculty Research Award in the Human-computer Interaction category—for her ongoing study on virtual voice assistants. The honor includes an opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers.

Professor Christy L. Haynes (chemistry) received a prestigious 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Seniors Haley Beech (chemical engineering), Kendra Bergstedt (math/physics), Merrick Pierson Smela (chemistry/Biochemistry), and Lucy Yang (math) were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Staff member Sharon Kressler (earth sciences) received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. She has served her department for 22 years, providing administrative support to faculty, staff, and students.

March 2018

Professors Michael McAlpine (mechanical engineering) and Chris Kim (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received the 2018 George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award, which recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research.

Professors Jim Kakalios (physics and astronomy) was honored with the George W. Taylor Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the University and voluntary public service to governmental or other public groups.

Professor Paul Crowell (physics and astronomy) received the Taylor/CSE Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.

Assistant professor Stephen Guy (computer science and engineering) was presented the Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes an outstanding CSE professor who has demonstrated exceptional interest and commitment to teaching.

Electrical and computer engineering professor Rhonda Franklin was among 11 educators recognized by the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Committee for significant contributions to the state’s African American community.

February 2018

Alumnus and former Medtronic vice president Paul Citron (electrical engineering) was named chair-elect for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. His two-year term begins after the AIMBE Annual Meeting on April 9.

Associate professor David Fox (earth sciences) received the 2017-18 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Professors Chris Paola (earth sciences), E. Dan Dahlberg (physics and astronomy), and Victor Barocas (biomedical engineering) received the University of Minnesota’s 2017-18 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

Professor Theresa Reineke (chemistry) was recognized as a 2018 POLY Fellow by the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymer Chemistry for her outstanding scientific accomplishments and service to the profession.

Undergraduate student Merrick Pierson Smela (chemistry) was named a Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. He will spend the 2018-19 academic year at Churchill College of the University of Cambridge.

Professor emerita Efi Foufoula-Georgiou (civil, environmental, and geo-engineering) was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for her “contributions to hydrology and hydroclimatology with applications to engineered systems across scales.” Adjunct professor John A.L. Napier (civil, environmental, and geo-engineering) was also elected as a foreign academy member for his “contributions to computational simulation of rock fracture around underground excavations.”

Professor Tianhong Cui (mechanical engineering) was awarded Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his distinguished accomplishments on micro and nano electro mechanical systems (M/NEMS).

Assistant professors Filippo Coletti (aerospace engineering and mechanics), Ian Tonks (chemistry), Mehmet Akcakaya (electrical and computer engineering), and G.-H. Crystal Ng (earth sciences) received a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. This award is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors. The two-year appointment, 2018-2020, includes a research grant of $50,000.

January 2018

Alumnus Jeff Gorski (geological engineering), executive vice president and chief operating officer of Tidewater Inc., was recognized with the 2017 Spindletop Founders Award. The honor, formerly the Don E. Waggener–Butch Griffin Award, is presented to an individual within the service sector of the oil and gas industry for contributions to both the industry and community at large.

Ph.D. student Kate Jensen (computer science and engineering) earned the John Bowers Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award. The award honors an outstanding teaching assistant who has demonstrated exceptional interest and commitment to the teaching of College of Science and Engineering students.

Assistant professor William Pomerantz (chemistry) received the 2018 Guillermo E. Borja Career Development Award from the College of Science and Engineering. This award recognizes promising young faculty members for their research and scholarly accomplishments during their probationary period as assistant professors.

Assistant professor David Flannigan (chemical engineering and materials science) received the George Taylor Career Development Award from the College of Science and Engineering for exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period.

Professor Jane Wissinger (chemistry) and MRSEC participants Cassandra Knutson and Cassidy Javner were presented an American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement Award for incorporating sustainability into chemistry education.