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Outstanding Faculty, Staff Saluted at Annual Awards Banquet

March 16, 2005

Several individuals were recognized at the College of Engineering’s Annual Awards Banquet for their outstanding performance over the past year. The banquet was the concluding event during Engineers Week on campus, February 21-25.

Dr. Bill Corley of Industrial Engineering received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients of this award are distinguished educators who demonstrate their dedication to the teaching profession by their superior classroom instruction and exceptional interactions with students. Dr. Corley was cited for his organization and preparation for class, his enthusiasm about each subject, his ability to add excitement to topics that had the potential to be very dull, his treatment of each subject as a new adventure in learning and his caring interest in each of his students.

Dr. Anand Puppala of Civil and Environmental Engineering received the College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award. This award is presented to faculty who have demonstrated superior scholarship by advancing the state of knowledge in their chosen field of research. Dr. Puppala was noted for his distinguished record of winning regional and national competitive research grants and having the work published in respected refereed journals, his excitement for high-quality research and his ability to develop his program into one of the strongest, most active in the department.

Dr. Qilian Liang of Electrical Engineering received the College’s Outstanding Young Faculty Award. The recipient of this year’s award has demonstrated exceptional performance in teaching, research and professional activities. Since joining UTA a few years ago, Dr. Liang has received outstanding comments from his students and is consistently ranked above the departmental average in their evaluations of teaching performance. He received one of only 26 Young Investigator grants presented by the Office of Naval Research in 2003. Two hundred twenty people had submitted applications.

Janet Gober of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering received the Fay Van Dam Outstanding Staff Award. The Fay Van Dam Award is presented to a member of the support staff whose everyday performance and dedication to the College demonstrates a constant desire to go above what is normally required and accepted. Mrs. Gober was noted for her outstanding professional performance exhibiting kindness, integrity and dedication, her ability to handle complex assignments with little or no supervision, her positive attitude and her talent as a natural leader from whom other staff members seek advice when faced with new problems.