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Faculty and Staff Honors

May 2009

Dr. Yaling Liu of Mechanical Engineering was selected to receive a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, presented by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a consortium of major Ph.D.-granting academic institutions and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

April 2009

Dr. Robert Magnusson of Electrical Engineering was inducted into the University’s Academy of Distinguished Scholars during the President’s Convocation for Academic Excellence. Also receiving recognition were Dr. Anand Puppala of Civil Engineering, who was inducted into the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers; Dr. Venkat Devarajan of Electrical Engineering, who received the first Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring; and Dr. Nancy Michael of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Dr. Samir Iqbal of Electrical Engineering received a multi-year, early career development award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation to develop new approaches for the electronic detection of proteins.

Drew Casani, director of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, was named Manufacturing Extension Partnership Champion of the Year. TMAC is the Texas affiliate for the U.S. Department of Commerce extension program enhancing the competitive position of the state’s manufacturing sector.

Student members in the ASME’s District E honored Sally Thompson, an administrative assistant in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, for her “unwavering support, guidance, dedication and friendship” by establishing an annual Sally Thompson Scholarship Award.

March 2009

Dr. Richard Billo, associate dean for research, was selected to become a member of the AIDC 100, a group of individuals who have been recognized by their peers as having significantly contributed to the growth and advancement of the Automatic Identification and Data Collection industry.

February 2009

Dr. Sajal K. Das of Computer Science and Engineering received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented at the College’s annual Awards Banquet. Dr. J.-C. Chiao of Electrical Engineering received the College’s Excellence in Research Award, Dr. Seong Jin Koh of Materials Science and Engineering received the Outstanding Young Faculty Award, and Civil Engineering Technical Staff Assistant Paul Shover received the Fay Van Dam Outstanding Staff Award.

December 2008

Dr. Sajal Das of Computer Science & Engineering and director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) was selected by the National Science Foundation to become a program director in its Division of Computer and Network Systems.

November 2008

Dr. Nur Yazdani of Civil Engineering was named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

September 2008

Dr. Robert Magnusson of Electrical Engineering was appointed the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics, a $5 million endowed position. Dr. Magnusson has developed a new class of nanostructured photonic devices that have applications in laser, sensor, solar cell and display technologies.

Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad of Computer Science & Engineering received the Outstanding Associate Editor Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, based on his performance as editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. Professor Ahmad is a Fellow of the IEEE.

June 2008

Dr. Babak Fahimi of Electrical Engineering received The Society of Automotive Engineers’ Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award for 2008. The award is part of a program to stimulate contacts between younger engineering educators and practicing engineers in industry and government.

May 2008

Dr. Frank Lewis of Electrical Engineering and the Automation & Robotics Research Institute was notified that he will receive the International Neural Network Society’s Gabor Award for 2009. The Gabor Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of neural networks.

April 2008

Dr. K. R. Rao of Electrical Engineering was inducted into The University of Texas at Arlington’s Academy of Distinguished Scholars, honoring his commitment to quality research and creative activity.

Dr. Bonnie Boardman of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering received The University of Texas at Arlington’s Provost’s Teaching Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who are neither tenured nor tenure-track.

Dr. Anand Puppala of Civil Engineering Professor received the University’s Graduate Academic Advisor Award for 2007-2008. He has been advising graduate students since 1996.

January 2008

Dr. Nan Zhang of Computer Science & Engineering was awarded a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Zhang proposes to analyze, understand and optimize tradeoffs between privacy protection, data utility and system resources in privacy-preserving data mining.

Sally Thompson, an administrative assistant in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, received a University of Texas at Arlington’s Outstanding Employee Award. Sally earned a Certified Professional Secretary rating through the International Association of Administrative Professionals and is an advisor to the student chapters of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers