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Awards / Honors

Engineering professors rack up awards

August 19, 2014

Professors in CSU's College of Engineering have received numerous national awards over the past few months for their research and teaching acumen.

"The College of Engineering is successful because of the incredible quality of our faculty and students," said Dean David McLean. "Our students learn from a team of dedicated faculty committed to creating the best experience in our classrooms and laboratories. It is gratifying to see their efforts recognized."

The honorees

The American Geophysical Union has selected Elizabeth Barnes, CSU professor of atmospheric science, to receive its 2014 James R. Holton Award. The Holton Award is presented each year by the Atmospheric Science Section of the American Geophysical Union to one early-career scientist in recognition of outstanding scientific research and accomplishments in the field. The award will be presented at the Atmospheric Science section banquet at the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco.

Tau Beta Pi recently named Marvin Criswell, emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering, as its Outstanding Advisor for 2014. Criswell is the 21stperson to receive the award, which the engineering honor society gives each year to support excellence in engineering education and the ethical practice of engineering. According to a Tau Beta Pi news release, “Criswell was cited in his nomination for setting an example with his leadership style, thirty-plus years of dedication to the Association, and infusing the human component within advising. As a result of his teaching and guidance, he is a role model not only to his students, but also to future leaders and those responsible for the development of young engineers. “

The Steel Bridge Task Force of the Steel Market Development Institute and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design have named Hussam Mahmoud, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at CSU,  as the recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture. The lecture program provides an opportunity for an individual early in his/her career in structural engineering to present a lecture on his/her steel bridge activities to the SMDI Steel Bridge Task Force and to participate in its semi-annual three-day meeting. The recipient becomes an invited guest of the Steel Bridge Task Force, which is comprised of the United States’ leading steel bridge experts.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers recently selected Carmen Menoni, CSU professor of electrical and computer engineering, to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer for the upcoming academic year. As an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Menoni will travel the world to share her expertise on the subject of extreme photonics, an area that encompasses the generation and utilization of bright pulses of laser light with wavelengths 10-50 times shorter than blue light.
A leader in the use of bright beams of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) laser light in novel nano-scale tabletop imaging techniques, Menoni will discuss opportunities for new microscopes, nano-probes, and material modification tools that can achieve nano-scale spatial resolution in materials science and biology.

The Institute for Electrical & Electronic Engineers recently honored Branislav Notaros, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at CSU, with a 2015 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award is given each year to those who’ve demonstrated "inspirational teaching of undergraduate students in the fields of interest of the IEEE." Notaros specifically was cited "for contributions to undergraduate electromagnetics education through inspiring teaching and innovative course materials."

The Water Resources Research journal recently bestowed Jorge Ramirez with its 2013 Editors’ Choice Award for a 2013 paper he published entitled, "Projected freshwater withdrawals in the United States under a changing climate.” Ramirez is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at CSU. The award is given to approximately one percent of published articles in any calendar year and is selected by the journal’s editors on the basis of "..technical significance, novelty, originality, presentation, and broader implications of the publication."

The American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics recently honored Karan Venayagamoorthy, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, for a paper he and two graduate students published in2013 in the Physics of Fluids journalThe CSU professor was given the society’s François Frenkiel Award for his paper entitled, “Relevance of the Thorpe length scale in stably stratified turbulent flows.” The Frenkiel Award winner is selected by a committee “in recognition of significant contributions to fluid mechanics that have been published in Physics of Fluids during the preceding year by young investigators.”