Honors and Awards

March 2019

Associate professor Traian Dumitricã (mechanical engineering) was selected to be a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar.

Christy Haynes (chemistry), Susan Jones (history of science and technology), Vuk Mandic (physics and astronomy), and Sang-Hyun Oh (electrical and computer engineering) are recipients of the University of Minnesota’s mid-career faculty award, the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship.

Doctoral candidate Yunli Shao (mechanical engineering) received the Matthew J. Huber Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education.

Professor Daniel Boley (computer science and engineering) received the 2018-2019 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post Baccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education for his leadership in furthering graduate education programming.

Professors Nicola Elia, Chris Kim, and Murti Salapaka (electrical and computer engineering) have been named Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellows.

February 2019

Professor Loren Terveen (computer science and engineering) has been inducted into the CHI Academy for his significant contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.


Associate Professor Nathan Mara (chemical engineering and materials science) received a TMS Structural Materials Division JOM Best Paper Award for his paper examining the performance of metallic nanocomposites at high temperatures.

The 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation accepted a paper on underwater human-robot interaction by Ph.D. student Michael Fulton (computer science and engineering).

Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher (mechanical engineering) received the George W. Taylor Career Development Award for exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period.

Ph.D. student Yingying Zhang (mechanical engineering) won a travel grant to attend the Micro/Nano Forum at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Pittsburgh.

Assistant Professors Zhi Yang (biomedical engineering) and Hyun Soo Park (computer science and engineering) received National Science Foundation CAREER Awards for their research projects on peripheral nerves and visual data, respectively. 

Professor Soheil Mohajer (electrical and computer engineering) was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor for his research addressing challenges in big data analysis.

Assistant Professor Li Wang (mathematics) was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant for her project on “computational methods for multi scale kinetic systems.”

Ph.D. candidate Brenda Knauber (physics and astronomy) received an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s meeting in Boston.

January 2019

Professor Saif Benjaafar (industrial and systems engineering) has been appointed to serve as the editor-in-chief for the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences journal Service Science beginning January 1, 2019. 

Donald Truhlar (chemistry) received the 2019 American Chemical Society Award in Theoretical Chemistry "for creative contributions" to his field.

Professor Joseph Konstan (computer science and engineering) was named CSE's new associate dean for research, effective Jan. 2, 2019. His half-time appointment runs through June 30, 2021. 

CSE faculty were among the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers in the world, according to Clarivate Analytics: Hai Cheng (earth sciences), Christopher Cramer (chemistry), R. Lawrence Edwards (earth sciences), Dan Knights (computer science and engineering), and Donald Truhlar (chemistry).

The Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society awarded Professor Laura Gagliardi (chemistry) the 2019 Award in Theoretical Chemistry for her work in the development quantum chemical methods.

Professor Tian He (computer science and engineering) was named a 2018 Association for Computer Machinery Fellow.

Assistant Professor Timothy Kowalewski (mechanical engineering) received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his project on the usage of handheld robots to accomplish “precision manipulation tasks.”