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Outstanding Individuals Recognized at College Awards Banquet

March 8, 2006

The man who started the UTA/UTSW biomedical engineering program, several members of the faculty and one staff member were recognized at the College of Engineering's annual Awards Banquet, which capped the activities of Engineering Week.

Dr. Alfred Potvin was inducted into the College's Hall of Achievement. Dr. Potvin joined the faculty at UTA in the fall of 1966 as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and almost immediately began working with faculty at the UT Southwestern Medical School, developing a plan to create a biomedical engineering graduate degree program. In the spring of 1968, he won a three-year, Special Fellow Award from the National Institutes of Health to train at The University of Michigan in the emerging field of biomedical engineering. Upon his return to UTA in 1971, he redoubled his efforts to the development of a biomedical engineering program here, and the UT System gave its approval in 1974. Dr. Potvin served as the first Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program from 1972 to 1984.

Dr. Potvin left academia in 1984 for an opportunity to create a medical device research division at Eli Lilly and Company. In 1993, Al returned to academia by accepting the position of Dean of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis, where he once again helped lead the creation of a graduate biomedical engineering program.

Dr. Sharma Chakravarthy, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, received the College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, presented to a distinguished faculty member who has demonstrated superior scholarship by advancing the state of knowledge in his or her chosen field of research.

Over a short, three-year period, Dr. Chakravarthy has had nine of his proposals funded, and he was the principal investigator on seven of these projects. He brought recognition to the university through his efforts to develop a multi-university, multi-disciplinary research center on the UTA campus. He has gained national and international prominence as an invited keynote speaker at professional gatherings and has established a respected record of published book chapters and journal and conference papers.

Dr. Melanie Sattler, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, received the College of Engineering's Young Faculty Award, given to a young, tenure-track faculty member who is judged to be our most promising teacher and scholar, based on his or her body of accomplishments since coming to the College.

Dr. Sattler brought to the university not only technical expertise, but also practical experience with public and private organizations. As a teacher, she has always received outstanding evaluations; students' responses are very positive and have suggested little, if any, room for improvement. She is very accessible to students and tries to involve them in her research. Dr. Sattler also excels as a researcher; she is currently the principal investigator of three sponsored projects, one of which is being supported by an organization that has never before directed funds to the university.

Dr. Manfred Huber, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients of this award are distinguished educators who have demonstrated their dedication to the teaching profession by their superior classroom instruction and exceptional interactions with students.

Letters of recommendation from former students noted Dr. Huber's superior teaching style: ... "has a unique way of placing strategic problems and challenging students by asking questions that would lead them to the correct solution" ... "helped us to set and meet our own research goals, and often to exceed them" ... "always gave examples of how theoretical concepts could be put to practical use" ... "always available to offer help to students, whether in the classroom, his office or research lab, in the parking lot or the cafeteria" ..."my fellow graduates and I owe a significant part of our success to the efforts of this dedicated educator" ... "his teaching strategy has shaped me as a better employee among other employees hired during the same time period from reputed universities such as Columbia and Rensselaer Polytechnic."

Cindy Smith, an Administrative Assistant in the Electrical Engineering Department, received the Fay Van Dam Outstanding Staff Award, 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.

The letters of nomination and recommendation for Ms. Smith were filled with complementary descriptions of her abilities and achievements: ..."consistently demonstrates the ability to accomplish all her tasks while maintaining the most courteous and helpful attitude with all who call upon her,"... "she is the first person students and visitors meet when they arrive in the office; her greeting is always cheerful and her attitude is helpful,"... "always willing to go the extra measure to meet deadlines,"... "has been the 'go-to' person in the department when we need assistance,"... "has taken on more responsibilities above and beyond her normal duties."

College of Engineering
Indo American Charity Foundation Scholarship
Travis Carrign
Bettye Rady Scholarship
Justin Glasgow, Timothy Lewis, Pamela Lukenhaus, Marcy McKeehan, Jami Montiel, Iwuora Nwamaka, Michael Russell, Preethi Sundaradevan, Cyril Varghese, Katie Weckwerth, Hector Zelaya
Jack Woolf Scholarship
Siondev Chaudhuri, Maxwell Heinle, Eric Ho, Joseph Krasner, Timothy Nicewander, Stephen Rob, Daniel Tran, Matthew Van Hal
Kalpana Chawla Memorial Scholarship
Takahiro Sonoda
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Scholarship
Aljeandro Russo, Karina Solorio, Herman Tarin
Texas Telecommunication Engineering Consortium (TxTEC)
Mi Jeom Kim, Nirmalya Roy, Pradip De, Preetam Ghosh, Samik Ghosh

Automation & Robotics Research Institute
ARRI Leadership & Innovation Award
Dan Popa, David Hanson, Shashank Priya, J-C. Chiao
ARRI Best Student Award
Smitha Rao, Varkey George, Bruno Borovic, Murad Abu-Khalaf

Alfred & Janet Potvin Outstanding Bioengineering Student Awards
M. S. Award: Robert Collins Watson, Marisol Chang
Ph.D. Award: Sripad Ram, Brian Budnik
Robert and Carol Eberhart Scholarship Announcement, Makito Sato

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Outstanding Freshman
Elisa Wheeler
Outstanding Sophomore
Pamela Salvador
Outstanding Junior
Emily McCarthy
Outstanding Senior
Steven Meier
Joe J. Rady Distinguished Senior Award
Benjamin Anderson
Outstanding Graduate Student
Raja Sekhar Madhyannapu
Outstanding Civil Engineering Instructor
Syed Qasim, Ph.D.
Gene H. Carter/John J. Burgess CE Endowed Scholarship
Dana Sledz
Freese and Nichols Scholarship
Elisha Hughes, Chris Tharp
Halff Associates Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Daniel M. Franks
John J. Haynes Endowed Scholarship
Darcy Johnson, Dobrinka Radulova, Allen Savoie, Jeremy Smith
James. W. Mitchell
Benjamin Anderson
Charlie M. Moore Endowed Scholarship
Edward Chadwick, Lindsey Taylor
Joe J. Rady Endowed Scholarship
Gustavo Jimenez-Vera, Emily McCarthy, Steven Meier, Kerri Parmer, Joshua Pettijohn, Herman Tarin, Ousmane Traore, Agustin Villafana
Texas Water Utilities Association Endowed Scholarship
Julia Gardner
Consulting Engineering Council of Texas
Joshua Pettijohn
American Concrete Institute, Northeast Chapter
Kerri Parmer, Steven Meier
Alumni Club Scholarship
Steven Meier
North Central Texas Council of Governments Fellowships
John Dostart, Edward Penton, Chukwuma Osemeke
Ernest L. Buckley Undergraduate Scholarship
Emily McCarthy
Laura Goodnight Poor Civil Engineering Scholarship for Women
Juanita Miller, Pamela Salvador
Arthur R. Poor Graduate Civil Engineering Scholarship
Saman Aryana
Construction Research Center Scholarship
Saman Aryana

Computer Science and Engineering
Stephen Underwood Outstanding CSE Sophomore
Nathalie Tacconi
Sabre Holdings Outstanding CSE Junior
Ivan Alagentchev
Raytheon Outstanding CSE Senior
Usman Khan
Santech Outstanding CSE Senior Design Team
Sahil Aggarwal, Pamela Lutkenhaus, Mizan Rahman, Pedro Rico, Nisha Thomas, Bakhtiyar Uddin
Cyneta Networks Outstanding CSE Graduate Teaching Assistant
Stella Choe
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Award for Contributions to the Development of the CSE Department
G. Michael Youngblood
SensorLogic Outstanding CSE Doctoral Dissertation
Zhijun Wang
Schuchman Outstanding CSE Doctoral Dissertation
Wook Choi
Sabre Holdings Student Leader Scholarship
Surren Deorajsingh, Diana Jo Raz, Austin Teng
Verizon Outstanding CSE Master's Thesis
Nayantara Mallesh
Verizon Undergraduate Scholarship
Endemecio Santana
Verizon Graduate Scholarship
Tianqiang Li

Electrical Engineering
Stephen F. Crumb Memorial Award
Brian Hendryx
John M. Goodwin Memorial Award
Reginald Golightly
Ernst Heyer Memorial Awards
Outstanding Sophomore: Charaka Wijeweera
Outstanding Junior: John Hudlow
Outstanding Senior: Preethi Sundaradevan
Paul W. Cunningham Memorial Award
Fabrice Tshowa
Verizon Scholarships
Eric Ho, Karina Solorio, Veronika Stelmakh
Ann Svihel Memorial Scholarship
Nikhil Sudhir Vora, Taylor Mark Woodruff
Floyd Cash Endowed Scholarship
Joshua Katuri
Jack Fitzer Endowed Scholarship
John Heatherly

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
G. T. Stevens Scholarship
Satoshi Ukal
Outstanding Senior
Barbara Downs, Christopher Oliver
Outstanding Junior
Christie Perez
Dirty Dozen Puzzle Contest Winner
Omar Alansari

Materials Science and Engineering
Carl D. Wiseman Service Award
Ramoun Mourhatch

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Memorial Scholarship Award
Amen I. Omoragbon
Outstanding Junior Award
Satoshi Ukai
Outstanding Senior Award
Jayme Tucker
John De Young Outstanding Research Award
Ugur Zengin

Mechanical Engineering
Outstanding Senior Scholar
Joonas Ponkala
Outstanding Junior Scholar
Matthew Ledbetter
Outstanding Sophomore Scholar
Ross Pivovar
Outstanding SAE Student
Drew Waller
Outstanding ASME Student
Cynthia Sanchez
Carl Files Service Award (Undergraduate)
Steven Szuch
Jack R. Woolf Service Award (Graduate)
Nitin Uppal