CLEMSON – Hugo Sanabria of the College of Science has been recognized by Clemson’s Board of Trustees with the 2018 Award for Excellence.

Sanabria is an assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy and a rising star in the field of molecular biophysics. At this stage of his career, Sanabria has picked up high-level honors such as a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a National Institutes of Health training grant and a Humboldt Research Fellowship. Trustees honored Sanabria for his superior research, teaching and service impact.

The award acknowledges faculty and staff whose vision, accomplishments and efforts have brought honor to Clemson. Recognition was given to 15 staff members and 15 faculty members, who were named at a dinner held in conjunction with the winter meeting of the Board of Trustees. The event allowed Sanabria to interact with faculty and staff across departments.

Hugo Sanabria (center) was joined by Board of Trustees chair Smyth McKissick and President Jim Clements as Sanabria received the Board of Trustees’ Award for Excellence.

Hugo Sanabria (center) was joined by Board of Trustees chair Smyth McKissick and President Jim Clements as Sanabria received the Board of Trustees’ Award for Excellence.
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“It is a great honor to be nominated and even more to be selected for this award,” he said. “The recognition not only is important to the faculty and staff as a way to recognize their contribution, but also to the health of a growing university like Clemson. It means that they are engaged with what happens in the classrooms and that they know the research direction of those who are pushing the frontiers in discovery. In addition, it portrays a unified vision for the university and allows for that interaction to occur that otherwise would be difficult to happen.”

While Sanabria was thankful for the recognition, he was quick to recognize the driving force behind him – his wife, Inna Yanez-Orozco.

“I was allowed to share the event with my wife, who accompanied me,” he said. “Her support and dedication and hard work is also being recognized, given that without her many of the accomplishments that were cited would not have been possible.”

Learn more about the awards, award categories and award winners here.