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Awards / Honors

New University Distinguished Professors named

April 29, 2014

Three professors have earned the title of University Distinguished Professor, the highest academic recognition awarded by Colorado State University. The title "University Distinguished Professor," is bestowed upon only a handful of professors at any one time. Professors receiving this title hold the distinction for the duration of their association with the university.

V.  Chandrasekar

V. “Chandra” Chandrasekar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has made pioneering contributions in the area of polarimetric radar observations of the atmosphere and urban observation networks. 

He has extensive experience in radar system design, radar network development, digital signal processing design, as well as radio frequency communication systems.  He is widely recognized as a world leader in his field, garnering much acclaim and positive publicity for Colorado State University. 

Chandra's career story is a great source of pride for CSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned both his master’s degree and doctorate degree from CSU and has achieved an international reputation of high distinction through his research, educational, and outreach contributions. 

Chandra has produced numerous publications and secured 13 licensed patents. 

He is the CSU principal investigator and research director of the National Science Foundation Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere – or CASA- which is developing a network of radar systems that detect and report tornados and other severe weather earlier than other systems.

Chandrasekar also is the co-principal investigator and technical director of the CSU-CHILL, a national facility and one of the most advanced meteorological radar systems in the world available for research.

Sonia Kreidenweis

Sonia Kreidenweis, a professor of atmospheric science, has made pioneering contributions to the understanding of properties and effects of atmospheric aerosol particles, including their impacts on visibility and climate and their influence on the formation and properties of both warm and cold clouds. 

 She and her research group have developed new scientific approaches to carefully measure and describe the properties of atmospheric aerosol particles, including that act as ice nuclei and cloud condensation nuclei.

Understanding how aerosols and clouds interact is considered to key to improving climate predictions and calculating the effects of pollution on global precipitation.

Her group’s research has led to a greater understanding of atmospheric aerosols and their impact on clouds.

Kreidenweis is widely recognized as an international leader in the fields of aerosol science, atmospheric chemistry, and cloud physics. 

Her outstanding research and scientific leadership are evident in her receipt of several national awards and her selection as Fellow in two prestigious societies in her field. She has received acclaim for her outstanding teaching at CSU and collaborates on research efforts outside the Department of Atmospheric Science. 

Kreidenweis joined CSU’s atmospheric science faculty in 1991. She was recruited to build a program in the field of atmospheric chemistry.

Carmen Menoni

Carmen Menoni, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an internationally recognized researcher in optics and a role model for women in engineering and science. 

She has established strong research programs in semiconductor physics, optical materials science and engineering, and nano-scale imaging and has led the use of bright beams of extreme ultraviolet laser light that are used to demonstrate novel, nano-scale table-top microscopies.

Her election to Fellow of several societies in her field is evidence of the impact of her achievements. She also has held several leadership positions within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer.

In 2012, Menoni received CSU’s Scholarship Impact Award, the university’s highest recognition for accomplishments in research. It is awarded to faculty whose scholarship has had national and international impact.

Her innovative research has received national and international recognition, including an R&D 100 Award, widely recognized as the “Oscars of Innovation,” for leading the development of a compact extreme ultraviolet light-based microscope.

She also has received two technology transfer awards from the state of Colorado for her contributions to industry.

Menoni also was the first woman to reach the rank of tenured professor in the100-plus -year history of CSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.