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Faculty awards and honors

Awards and honors earned by faculty and staff of the College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture from February 2016 through July 2016.

19th Annual College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Awards. The 2016 honorees are:

19th Annual College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Awards HonoreesHarrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education: Eylem Ekici, ECE
The Clara M. and Peter L. Scott Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education: Bharat Bhushan, MAE
Dean’s Meritorious Service to Students Award: George Blankenship, Lincoln Electric North America
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer: Ryan McPherson, ECE
David C. McCarthy Engineering Teaching Award: Mark Ruegsegger, BME
Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Engineering Innovation: Jeffrey Bons, MAE
Faculty Mentoring Award: Betty Lise Anderson, ECE
"Building Bridges" Excellence Award: P. Chris Hammel, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Dean’s Award for Distinguished Outreach Achievements: Betty Lise Anderson, ECE
Faculty Diversity Excellence Award: Jessica Winter, CBE
Innovators Award: Chi-Chih Chen and Can Emre Koksal, ECE
Honda-OSU Partnership Award: Shawn Midlam-Mohler, MAE
Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching: Seth Young, CEGE

Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Awards 
Raymond Cao, MAE; Anne Co, Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Yuan F. Zheng, ECE 
Jacob Boswell, KSA, Landscape Architecture; Kristi Cheramie, KSA, Landscape Architecture; and Mattijs van Maasakkers, KSA, City and Regional Planning
Chi-Chih Chen, ECE; Michael Durand, Earth Sciences; Kenneth Jezek, Earth Sciences; and Joel Johnson, ECE

Lumley Research Awards 
Aaron Arehart, ECE; Güzin Bayraksan, ISE; Michael Bond, CSE; Marcello Canova, MAE; Jianjun Guan, MSE; Xiaoming He, BME; Paula J. Mouser, CEGE; Arnab Nandi, CSE; Shaurya Prakash, MAE; Kubilay Sertel, ECE; Graeme E. Smith, ECE; Xiaorui Wang, ECE;  David W. Wood, CBE

2016 College of Engineering Staff Appreciation Awards:
Above and Beyond Awards Exemplary Service to Students Award: Barry Tolchin, CEGE
Exemplary Support or Advancement of Research Activities Award: Chas Ellerbrock, CEGE
Outstanding Service Award: Sherry Vogt, ESL
Exemplary Support of Diversity and Inclusion Award: Winnie Sampson, UESS
Exemplary Team Performance or Service Award: Chad Bivens and Kevin Wolf, MAE

Additional awards and honors

Rita Alevriadou, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Jay Zweier, professor of internal medicine, received an American Heart Association grant to investigate the natural recycling process of autophagy inside vascular endothelial cells.

Rita Alevriadou was recognized as a Star Reviewer of 2015 by the Publications Committee of the American Physiological Society, which honors reviewers who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, and for her dedication and volunteerism by the Officers and Council of the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine.

Ted Allen, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been elected president-elect of the INFORMS Social Media Analytics Section.

Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar, the Howard D. Winbigler Professor, authored the second edition of “Biomimetics – Bioinspired Hierarchical-Structured Surfaces for Green Science and Technology,” which was published by Springer.

Thomas Blue, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of Ohio State’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, received a $230,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant on behalf of the laboratory to replace the existing reactor control-rod drive system of the university’s Research Reactor with a modern system that will help maximize its availability. 

John Bolte, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and anatomy, received a $35,624 grant from Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition. Bolte and his team will develop an interactive education station that will allow parents and caregivers to practice installing child restraints and receive personalized feedback on how to properly use them to keep children safer on the roads.

Electrical and computer Engineering Professor Leonard Brillson’s new book, "An Essential Guide to Electronic Material Surfaces and Interfaces," was published by Wiley publications.

Tarunjit Singh Butalia, research associate professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, received the 2016 Luminosa Award for Unity from the Focolare Movement Mariapolis Luminosa of North America for his decades of work in interreligious dialogue and peacemaking, as well as for his scientific contributions to environmental sustainability. 

Marcello Canova, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is a recipient of the 2016 SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award for outstanding contributions as a top engineering educator. 

Kristi Cheramie, associate professor of landscape architecture, is one of 31 artists and scholars announced by the American Academy in Rome as Rome Prize Fellows for 2016-17. As winner of the Prince Charitable Trusts/Kate Lancaster Brewster Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, Cheramie will be in residence at the Academy’s campus in Rome during the 2016-17 academic year.

Stuart L. Cooper, professor, and Jianjun Guan, associate professor, of chemical and biomolecular engineering, published the book, “Advances in Polyurethane Biomaterials,” via Woodhead Publishing, an imprint of Elsevier.

Joanne DeGroat, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was appointed to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission for the 2016-2017 term.

Heshem El Gamal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Ness Shroff, Ohio Eminent Scholar, made Thomson Reuters’ 2015 list of Highly-Cited Researchers

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Liang-Shih Fan, professor, and Andrew Tong, research assistant professor, received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to apply their pioneering chemical looping techniques to the thermochemical conversion of biomass to methanol.

Gerald Frankel, professor of materials science and engineering, will lead WastePD, the $10 million Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD). It’s the first of U.S. Department of Energy’s 36 Energy Frontier Research Centers nationwide to be headquartered in the state of Ohio.

Keith Gooch was promoted from associate professor to professor of biomedical engineering.

Shawn He, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and colleagues received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to apply his nanotechnology expertise to more effectively deliver cancer drugs into tumor cells and combat cancer drug resistance. He also received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research on a novel lactic acid bacteria-based norovirus vaccine and $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for fundamental studies on lyopreservation of adult stem cells.

Thomas Hund, associate professor of biomedical engineering, was nominated by the Undergraduate Research Office for the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor award, which honors faculty members who have performed exceptional service as research mentors for undergraduate students.  

Mahesh Illindala, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received an Office of Naval Research 2016 Young Investigator Program award and $509,311 over three years for his work designing microgrid energy systems resilient to unexpected disruptions.

John Lanutti, professor of materials science and engineering, and Marco Coutinho da Silva, assistant professor of veterinary medicine, received an $800,000 grant from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to develop a tiny capsule using a novel nanoscale production method that improves the effectiveness of the PZP contraceptive vaccine to help curb overpopulation of wild horses and burrows.

Robert S. Livesey received a 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in recognition of his superior teaching.

Guoqiang Li, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and ophthalmology, was elected Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for achievements in the design, fabrication, and integration of optical and electro-optic devices.

Jin-Fa Lee, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the prestigious Harrington-Mittra Award in Computational Electromagnetics from IEEE. It recognizes past technical accomplishments and future potential of an outstanding contributor to the area of computational electromagnetics.

Jennifer Leight, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is among 83 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 22nd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium this September.

Jenifer Lock, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, received an Office of Naval Research 2016 Young Investigator Program award and $610,418 for a three-year study of aluminum-magnesium alloy corrosion.

Raghu Machiraju, professor of computer science and engineering, has been named interim faculty director and co-lead of the Translational Data Analytics (TDA) program.

Aleix Martinez, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a three-year $900,000 grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) for research that uses computers to decipher the relatively unexplored realms of how social interaction and perception influence understanding between people.

Aimée Moore, lecturer with the Knowlton School of Architecture, received a 2016 Provost’s Award for Teaching by a Lecturer, which honors teaching excellence.

James Rathman, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, received a 2016 President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service in honor of his dedication to serving Ohio State at the department and university level.

Todd Schneider, lecturer of industrial and systems engineering, will receive the 2015 Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award from the Society of Health Scientists and HIMSS for demonstrating leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology fields.

Civil engineering faculty members Abdollah Shafieezadeh, assistant professor, and Ethan Kubatko, associate professor, were recently awarded a $486,000 National Science Foundation grant for the research project, “A Novel Dynamically Coupled Storm Surge Hazard-Infrastructure Model for Effective Real-Time Risk-Informed Decision Making.” Noah Dormady, assistant professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is also a collaborator.

Carol Smidts, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop methods and a prototype tool to determine if abnormal nuclear power plant events are cyber-security or safety incidents.

Rajendra Singh, faculty emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the Distinguished Noise Control Engineer Award from the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering.

Prasun Sinha, professor, and Kannan Srinivasan, associate professor, of computer science and engineering, received a grant from Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA in support of their vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications research.

Vish Subramaniam, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was appointed chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on June 20, 2016.

Xiaodong Sun, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received an $480,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help develop a data-driven methodology for validating advanced computer models used in nuclear power plant safety analysis, specifically for flooding hazard and system thermal-hydraulics analyses.

Vishnu Baba Sundaresan, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor award as part of the 21st Annual Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. The awards honor individual faculty members who have performed exceptional service as research mentors for undergraduate students.

Jiankang “JK” Wang, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor, received a ORAU 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and $5,000 by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) for her ongoing work in protecting power grids from cyber attack.

Junmin Wang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 

John Volakis, the Roy and Lois Chope Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a 2016 University Distinguished Scholar Award.

Allen Yi, professor of industrial and systems engineering, and his research team will receive up to $150,000 over three years from the II-VI Foundation Block-Gift Program to investigate and advance precision molding of chalcogenide glass optics.

Seth Young, associate professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering and director of the Center for Aviation Studies, was named one of the Top 10 Transportation Thought Leaders in Academia by the Eno Foundation and Council of University Transportation Centers.

Jinsuo Zhang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop optimized metallic fuel alloys to improve the performance of traditional fuels for fast nuclear reactors, while reducing or eliminating problematic chemical interactions.

Wei Zhang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation to establish new control and game theoretic foundations, along with numerical algorithms, to enable formal and scalable design of hierarchical control systems for large-scale cyber-physical systems.

Yi Zhao, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Katrina Cornish, Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar, and their research teams were selected to participate in the second round of the I-Corps@Ohio program, which aims to help university teams discover if they can commercialize their discoveries. Zhao’s team will develop technology that enables the use of smartphones to acquire microscopic images with quality comparable to mid-class commercial microscopes. Cornish and her team will focus on production of a non-allergenic, high-performance natural rubber alternative.