Honors and Awards

July 2020

Professor Zhi-Li Zhang (computer science) has received a prestigious Machine Learning Research Award from Amazon Web Services for his proposal to study universal graph-embedding neural networks.

June 2020

Alumnus Mirko Musa (CivE Ph.D. '19) has received the 2020 Best Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering awarded by the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

Professor George Karypis (computer science and engineering) received a 2020 University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Advisor Award for his excellent advising and teaching of graduate students.

May 2020

Graduate student Jiayi He (chemistry) received an Eastern Analytical Symposium Graduate Student Research Award for her outstanding talent for scientific research.

Undergraduate students Marcos Zachary (biomedical engineering) and William Zunker (civil, environmental, and geo- engineering) were named 2020 Astronaut Scholars. 

Ph.D. student Rong Ma (aerospace engineering and mechanics) has been awarded the 2020-2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship by Zonta International.

Graduate student Anh Hoang (mathematics) received the 2019-20 Aaron and Anna Beek Graduate Student Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota's Council of Graduate Students.

Undergraduate student Angela Cao (chemistry) received the chemistry department's 2020 J. Lewis Maynard Prize for inorganic chemistry.

Professor Cynthia Cattell (physics and astronomy) has been appointed a College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor. 

Assistant professor Max Bezada (earth and environmental sciences) received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research on stress, deformation, and seismicity in continental interiors.

Ph.D. student Yang He (computer science) has been awarded the John T. Riedl Memorial Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2020.

Professor John Gulliver (civil, environmental, and geo- engineering) has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2020 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award for his dedication to the field. 

Professors Laura Gagliardi (chemistry) and Marc Hirschmann (earth and environmental sciences) have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies.

Professor Aaron Massari (chemistry) received a 2020 University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Advisor Award for his excellent advising and teaching of graduate students.

Ph.D. student Chance Parrish (chemical engineering) won a Finalist Prize in Physical Sciences and Engineering at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute's 2020 Research Exhibition.

Undergraduate students Katharina Fransen (chemical engineering), Logan Karls (materials science and engineering), María Sánchez-Muñiz (mathematics), Adrienne Sands (mathematics), Ondrew Tillotson (mathematics), Trygve Eggen (mechanical engineering), Mackensie Schuster (civil engineering), Caro Silvola (bioproducts and biosystems engineering), Cole Jensen (chemistry), and Meghan Cahill (chemistry) have received President’s Student Leadership & Service Awards (PSLSA) for their accomplishments and contributions as outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

April 2020

Ph.D. candidate Nyssa Capman and undergraduate student Judith Dominguez (mechanical engineering) are recipients of prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Assistant professor Timothy Kowalewski (mechanical engineering) was awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Fellowship.

Professor Svitlana Mayboroda (mathematics) has been awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Professorship, one of the highest honors for faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Ramesh Harjani (electrical and computer engineering) received the L.K. Maheshwari Foundation Distinguished Alumnus award from his alma mater, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.

Professor Peter Bruggeman (mechanical engineering) received the college's 2020 George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. 

Associate professor James Van de Ven (mechanical engineering) received the college's 2020 Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award. 

Professors Lee Penn (chemistry) and Lucy Fortson (physics and astronomy) received the college's 2020 George W. Taylor Distinguished Service Award. 

Professor Michel Janssen (physics and astronomy; history of science, technology, and medicine) received the college's 2020 George W. Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award. 

Assistant professors David Poerschke and Turan Birol (chemical engineering and materials science) are two of 26 recipients of the 2019 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program Award.

Professor James Kakalios (physics and astronomy) received the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award from American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Ph.D. candidate Burhaneddin Yaman (electrical and computer engineering) received the Best Paper Award at the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging. 

Post-doctoral associate Yinan Shu (chemistry) is one of four researchers to receive the American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry's 2020 Young Investigator Award.

Graduate students Prachi Sharma and Shuyi Xie (chemistry) have received 2019-20 Overend Awards in Physical Chemistry.

Graduate student Supriya Ghosh (chemical engineering and materials science) received a 2020 Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) Student Scholar Award for her paper on atomic and electronic structure evolution.

Alumnus Anthony Tabet (ChE, Chem '17) has been awarded a prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Graduate student Brady Bresnahan (chemical engineering and materials science) has been selected as a 2020 NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher, working to support NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies.

CSE's University of Minnesota Robotics student group received two 2019 Tony Diggs Excellence Awards from the University, one for Innovation and the other for Outstanding Program or Event. 

Graduate students Santosh Adhikari and Dushyant Mehra (physics and astronomy) received the Student Research Achievement Award for a poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Diego.

Ph.D. candidate Gillian McDonald (mechanical engineering) received the University's Aaron and Anna Beek Graduate Student Teaching Award for her work toward enhancing the learning experience for undergraduate students.

Undergraduate student Henry Twiss (mathematics) received the Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious and competitive national scholarship awarded to outstanding sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-oriented careers.

Professor Kevin Dorfman (chemical engineering and materials science) has been named a 2020 Distinguished McKnight University Professor, an award that honors the highest-achieving mid-career faculty at the University of Minnesota. 

March 2020

Assistant professors Lana Yarosh (computer science and engineering) and Tim Kowalewski (mechanical engineering) are recipients of the University of Minnesota's McKnight Presidential Fellow Award, given to outstanding mid-career faculty.

Alumna Eve Poeschl (CSci B.S. '03) was named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 40 Under 40 List, which recognizes the best young business and community leaders for their professional success and commitment to the community.

Professor Ke Wang (physics and astronomy) has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study aspects of 2D physics.

Alumnus Xiao Xiao (Chem Ph.D. '18) received the Department of Chemistry’s Best Thesis Award for 2019 for his research on aryne-based synthetic methodologies.

Graduate student Monica Ohnsorg (chemistry) received a prestigious CAS Future Leaders program award from the American Chemical Society.

Professor Marc Hillmyer (chemical engineering and materials science) received the 2020 Bright Science Award in materials sciences from Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living.

Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener (physics and astronomy) was named a 2020-2022 University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professor.

Graduate student Rebeca Rodriguez (chemistry) received a 2020-21 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Fellowship for her research on creating inexpensive sensors for biological target detection.

Ph.D. candidate Max Van Wyk de Vries (earth and environmental sciences) received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the American Geophysical Union's fall 2019 conference for his research on large volcanic landslides and their linkages to glacial retreat.

Professor Wei-Ming Ni (mathematics) received the 2019 Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award from the Ecology Society of America for his jointly written paper on spatial population biology. 

Regents Professor Timothy Lodge (chemistry; chemical engineering and materials science) received the Neutron Scattering Society of America's 2020 Sustained Research Prize for his leadership in the usage of neutron scattering.

Professor Joseph Topczewski (chemistry) received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support his research on functionalized arenes.

February 2020

Professor Frank Kulacki (mechanical engineering) won the Donald Q. Kern Award for his expertise in heat transfer research. 

Assistant professor Jeffrey Calder (mathematics) received a fellowship with the Sloan Research Foundation, given to early-career faculty in recognition of their potential to revolutionize their respective fields of study.

Professors Shaul Hanany (physics and astronomy), Chris Leighton (chemical engineering and materials science), and Justin Revenaugh (earth and environmental sciences) received the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Awards from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. 

Assistant professor Hao Jia (mathematics) received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research on "New Mechanisms for Stability, Regularity and Long Time Dynamics of Partial Differential Equations."

Assistant professor Jeffrey Calder (mathematics) received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his project on harnessing the continuum for big data. 

Alumnus Mark Lauby (EE B.S. '80) was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his development and application of techniques for electric grid reliability analysis. 

Ph.D. student Rongsheng Chen (civil, environmental and geo- engineering) received the 2019 Ryuichi Kitamura Paper Award for his research on "Dynamic User Equilibrium of Mobility-on-Demand System with Linear Programming Rebalancing Strategy.”

Ph.D. candidate Catherine Clark (chemical engineering and materials science) received the University's Outstanding Community Service Award for students in recognition of her involvement on the CEMS Graduate Student Council, Institute on the Environment Boreas Leadership Team, and in the Giving Project by Headwaters Foundation for Justice. 

Professor Carol Shield (civil, environmental and geo- engineering) received the Center for Transportation Research's Richard P. Braun Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her outstanding leadership in transportation-related research and innovation.

Graduate student Benjamin Tomhave (civil engineering) and Ph.D. candidate Pengyue Wang (mechanical engineering) are recipients of the University's Matthew J. Huber Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education. 

Professor Graham Candler (aerospace engineering and mechanics) was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors awarded to an engineer. 

Professor Joe Kapusta (physics) is a recipient of the University's 2019-20 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

Assistant professor Andy Wickert (earth and environmental sciences) was awarded the University's McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. 

Assistant professor Andy Wickert (earth and environmental sciences) received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research on alluvial-river dynamics through watershed networks.

Assistant professor Lana Yarosh (computer science and engineering) received the College of Science and Engineering's Taylor Career Development Award. 

Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa (chemical engineering and materials science) received the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety's 2020 Laboratory Safety Institute Graduate Research Faculty Safety Award for his outstanding commitment to chemical health and safety in their laboratories.

Graduate student Rebeca Rodriguez (chemistry) received the prestigious and competitive Women Chemists Committee (WCC)/Merck Research Award for excellence in research. 

Professor Demoz Gebre-Egziabher (aerospace engineering and mechanics) received the Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the preparation of a paper on positioning, navigation and timing. 

January 2020

Alumna Jeanette Brown (chemistry) received the Henry Hill Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Professional Relations for her distinguished service to professionalism.

Assistant professor Jason Goodpaster (chemistry) received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in the Division of Chemistry's Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program. 

Professor Frank Kulacki (mechanical engineering) won the Donald Q. Kern Award for his expertise in the heat transfer field. 

Ph.D. student Zhijie Zhu (mechanical engineering) received the Materials Research Society Foundation Gold Award for his high level of excellence in materials research. 

Postdoctoral fellow Steven Iasella (chemical engineering and materials science) received the Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award. 

Ph.D. student William Elke III (aerospace engineering and mechanics) is one of 19 students nationwide to receive a prestigious NASA Fellowship for his research proposal, "Launch Vehicle Control Design on a Quadcopter Testbed."

Assistant professor Maziar Hemati (aerospace engineering and mechanics) received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in fluid dynamics for his research in the modeling, analysis, and control of fluid flows. 

Assistant professor David Poerschke (chemical engineering and materials science) received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation for his research on oxygen transport in ceramics.