December 2011

Professor Joe Konstan (computer science and engineering) was recently elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council as Fellow of AAAS.

Professors John Riedl and Zhi-Li Zhang (computer science and engineering) were named Fellows by the IEEE.  Riedl was recognized for his contributions to collaborative filtering, recommender systems and social computing and Zhang was recognized for his contributions to internet quality-of-service theory and applications.

November 2011

Professor Andrew Odlyzko (mathematics) was elected to a three-year term as Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society, beginning in 2012. The American Mathematical Society, founded in 1888 to further the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, has more than 30,000 individuals and 570 institutional members in the U.S. and around the world.

Professor Ramesh Harjani (electrical and computer engineering) is the principal investigator of a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) $5,975 million grant to solve the challenge of wideband signal sensing for dynamic spectrum access – the process of identifying frequency usage and efficiently maneuvering to access unused frequencies.

Professor Guillermo Sapiro (electrical and computer engineering) and colleagues Vicent Caselles and R. Kimmel were awarded the International Conference in Computer Vision (ICCV) Test-of-Time Award for their 1995 paper “Geodesic Active Contours.”

October 2011

Thomas Guggenheim (Chem Ph.D. ’83) was a key member of ULTEM’s technology team that won the 2011 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention MVP2 award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Roger Haxby (ME ’58) and Randy Schiestl (ME ’77, MBA ’84) both have been awarded the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award, one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon alumni.

Prem Jain (ME M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’67), considered by many as the “father of air-conditioning” in India, has been awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. The University-wide award is for international alumni who have attained unusual distinction as professionals in their careers within institutions or in public service. Read full biography.

Professor Bill Arnold (civil engineering) and professor emeritus Karl Smith (civil engineering) are among 65 of the nation’s most innovative, engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s third Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. Read a news release announcing the honor.

Professor Wojciech Lipinski (mechanical engineering) has received the Early Career Grant Award by the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment to conduct research on solar thermochemical CO2 capture.

In the most recent academic ranking of world universities, the University’s School of Mathematics was ranked #11 in the world overall, and #3 among public U.S. universities.

Professor Krishnan Mahesh (aerospace engineering and mechanics) has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society for his research focused on numerically modeling complex turbulent flows.

September 2011

Professor Sang-Hyun Oh (electrical and computer engineering) has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty award for 2011 for his research on “Stretchable Plasmonic Devices with Sub-1 nm Critical Dimensions.

Professor Maria Gini (computer science and engineering) has been selected to receive the Mullen-Spector-Truax Award for her significant impact on women’s leadership development at the University.

Professors Fotis Sotiropoulos and Michele Guala (civil engineering) have received a $1.2 million grant over three-years from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop state-of-the-art multi-scale computational models to help the industry design and optimize offshore floating wind turbines and farms.

Professor Bill Arnold (civil engineering), associate professor R. Lee Penn (chemistry), associate professor Martin Saar (earth sciences) and professor Shashi Shekhar (computer science and engineering) are among 14 University of Minnesota faculty who have been named 2011 resident fellows of the University’s Institute on the Environment.

Assistant professor Aditya Bhan (chemical engineering and materials science) has been awarded an National Science Foundation CAREER award. The award recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

August 2011

Professors Kevin Janni and Bruce Wilson (bioproducts and biosystems engineering) have been inducted as Fellows into the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for the exceptional achievements.

Professor Abshishek Chandra (computer science and engineering) has received an IBM Faculty Award for 2011.

Professor Harvey Thorleifson (earth sciences) has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Professor Marc Hirschmann (earth sciences) has received the 2011 Norman L. Bowen award for his outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry or petrology.

July 2011

Professor Wojciech Lipinski (mechanical engineering) has received the Early Career Grant Award by the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment to conduct research on solar thermochemical CO2 capture.

Regents professor Lawrence Que (chemistry) has been elected a 2011 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This designation honors those who have distinguished themselves in multiple areas, including promoting the science and the profession of chemistry, and service to the American Chemical Society.

Associate professor Christy Haynes (chemistry) has received the 2012 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. She is being honored for her contributions to the field of bioanalytical and nanoparticle chemistry.

Anne Hornickel Yuska, College of Science and Engineering director of diversity and outreach, is one of 18 Bush Foundation fellows chosen statewide. She was chosen for her work to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through the new Minnesota STEM Network, which involves businesses, schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit and professional organizations, government agencies, and community groups.

June 2011

Professor Saif Benjaafar (mechanical engineering) has been awarded the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (M&SOM) Best Paper Award for 2011 for his work on “Using Imperfect Advance Demand Information in Production-inventory Systems with Multiple Customer Classes.”

Professor Tryphon Georgiou (electrical and computer engineering) has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (chemistry) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona.

May 2011

Assistant professor Christopher Douglas (chemistry) has been awarded a 2011 DuPont Young Investigator award, which honors scientists for their novel and creative research, and the potential impact of their research on the global scientific community. The award includes a $75,000 research grant over three years.

Professor Lawrence Que (chemistry) has received the 2011 Inorganic Mechanisms award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his contributions to the mechanistic understanding of dioxygen activation by nonheme iron enzymes.

Associate professor Christy Haynes (chemistry) has received the 2011 Joseph Black award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) recognizing her work on leveraging the core principles of analytical chemistry to gain insight into pressing toxicological, immunological, and ecological questions.

Professor Massoud Amin (electrical and computer engineering) has received an Alumni Achievement Award from the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Professor Cynthia Cattell (physics) received the 2011 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service recognizing outstanding service to the University and voluntary public service to governmental or other public groups.

Professor Ken Heller (physics) received the 2011 George W. Taylor/CSE Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching, recognizing outstanding contributions to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.

Professor Wojciech Lipinski (mechanical engineering) has been appointed Associate Editor in solar chemistry for the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.

Professor Sally G. Kohlstedt (geology and geophysics) has been selected to receive the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award and Lecture for Fall 2011.

Professor Bill Arnold (civil engineering) has received the 2011 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research, which recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research.

Professor William Durfee (mechanical engineering) has been presented with a 2011 President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Professor R. Lawrence Edwards (geology and geophysics) has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original research.

April 2011

Professor Bob Lysak (physics) was named a 2011 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Professor Massoud Amin (electrical and computer engineering) has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Professor Marc M. Hirschman (geology and geophysics), professor Robert L. Lysak (physics), and William E. Seyfried (geology and geophysics) have been named American Geophysical Union Fellows.

Professor Joe Konstan (computer science and engineering), John Riedl (computer science and engineering) and Ph.D. student Shyong (Tony) K. Lam (computer science and engineering) have received the 2010 Software System Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for their GroupLens Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems project. The award recognizes a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts, in commercial acceptance, or both, and carries a prize of $35,000. Financial support for the award is provided by IBM.

Professor Saif Benjaafar (mechanical engineering), professor Mark Distefano (chemistry), and professor Marc Hirschmann (geology and geophysics) are recipients of the 2011 Distinguished McKnight Professorship, a program designed to recognize and reward the University’s most outstanding mid-career faculty.

Professor Sang-Hyun Oh (electrical and computer engineering) has received the Office of Naval Research (ONR) 2011 Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Department of Defense, which recognizes compelling research that has the potential to deliver game-changing naval science and technology.

March 2011

Professor Christopher Cramer (chemistry) and professor Susan Mantell (mechanical engineering) have been chosen to receive the 2011 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Professor Shashi Shekhar (computer science and engineering) has been appointed a member of the National Research Council (NRC) committee on Future U.S. Workforce for Geospatial intelligence (CFWGI).

Professor Tom Luo (electrical and computer engineering) has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for 2011 recognizing his novel applied mathematics ideas and methods for signal processing and digital communication.

Professor Paul Garrett (mathematics) has been selected to receive one of the Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Faculty Award, which recognizes faculty members who go above and beyond expectations to ensure the success of graduate students.

Regents professor Allen Goldman (physics) has been named Chair-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Physics Section. He has also been appointed to the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee (BESAC).

Grant Remmen, a student in the University Honors program and triple major in astrophysics, physics, and mathematics, has received the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award from the American Astronomical Society for exemplary research.

Professor Sang-Hyun Oh (electrical and computer engineering) has received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, which supports the early career development of promising young researchers.

Professor Chris Paola (geology and geophysics) has been named the 2011 recipient of the Lyell Medal from the Geological Society of London.

Graduate student Ravishankar Sivalingam (computer science and engineering) has been selected to receive an ITS Minnesota Graduate Student Award. The award rewards exceptional students for their interest in the transportation industry and intelligent transportation systems.

February 2011

Professor Dennis Polla, Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Management of Technology within the Technical Leadership Institute, has received the award for Exceptional Public Service from the U.S. Department of Defense. He also received an award for devoted service and achievement from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Professors George Barany, Christopher Cramer, Marc Hillmyer, Thomas Hoye, William Tolman, and Donald Truhlar, all from the Department of Chemistry were honored at a Celebrating Innovation event, sponsored by the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Cramer and Truhlar were honored for their license of AMSOL Version 7.0—a semiempirical quantum chemistry program; Barany was honored for his patent, Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequence Differences Using Coupled Ligase Detection and Polymerase Chain Reactions; Hillmyer and Tolman were honored for their patent, Polymer Synthesis from Macrocycles; and Hoye was honored for his patent, Structural, Behavioral Characterization, and Synthesis of Attractants for Migratory Lamprey.

Professor Allen Goldman (physics) has been named Chair-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Physics Section. He has also been appointed to the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee (BESAC).

Professor R. Lawrence Edwards (geology and geophysics) has received the prestigious Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship from the National Academy of Science honoring his scientific contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth. He is the first professor from the University of Minnesota to win this prize. Read a news release announcing the honor.

January 2011

Professor Massoud Amin (electrical and computer engineering) has received a 2011 Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Engineering at Washington University.

Professor Douglas Arnold (mathematics), professor Mos Kaveh (electrical and computer engineering), and professor Yousef Saad (computer science and engineering) were named fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their contributions toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Read a news release about the honor.

Assistant professor Aditya Bhan (chemical engineering and materials science), assistant professor Chad Myers (computer science and engineering), and Chris Hogan (mechanical engineering) each have been awarded the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, a two-year appointment starting July 1, 2011. The program, which recognizes the most promising junior faculty, is intended to help advance the careers of assistant professors in the early stages of their careers and recognize them for their potential for significant future contributions to their discipline.

Professor Carme Calderer (mathematics) has been appointed as the new chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science. Her three-year term as chair began January 1.

Professor Cynthia Cattell (physics) and professor Michel Janssen (physics) have been named as fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).

Professor Georgios Giannakis (electrical and computer engineering) has been included in the Thomas ISI Web of Knowledge List of Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering and Computer Science for the last three years. He has maintained an h-index over 75 (top in the IEEE Signal Processing Society.)

Assistant professor Dan Keefe (computer science and engineering) has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, which supports early career development of faculty in the sciences who are most likely to become leading researchers and teachers.

Professor Joe Konstan (computer science and engineering) was elected to the CHI Academy’s 2011 class, an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.

Professors Ken Leopold (chemistry) and Kent Mann (chemistry) have been selected as co-winners of the Brasted Award for Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching from the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS MN) for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.