Top faculty members honored in awards ceremony
It’s always a special time when some of South Carolina’s brightest minds gather in one place, but an Oct. 4 ceremony just off Lake Hartwell was especially notable for the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.
Eight faculty members received awards and several others were recognized for tenure, promotions and other achievements. Family, friends, colleagues and other supporters turned out to cheer the award winners.
They were Brian Malloy, Srikanth Pilla, Chris Norfolk, Hai Xiao, Fei Peng, John Saylor, Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte and Mark Blenner.
This year’s ceremony was held at the Madren Conference Center’s Owen Pavilion.
The awards ceremony is an annual event in the college, this year honoring outstanding faculty members in seven categories.
Here’s more on each award in the order in which it was presented:
Byars Prize for Excellence in Teaching Engineering Fundamentals
2019 winner: Chris Norfolk, lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
About the award: Recognizes excellence in teaching engineering fundamentals.
Murray Stokely Award
2019 winner: Brian Malloy, associate professor emeritus in the School of Computing
About the award: Given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching engineering at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award
2019 winner: Srikanth Pilla, Jenkins Endowed Professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering
About the award: Recognizes faculty accomplishments in the preceding year and distinctions and awards over the past three years.
2019 winners: Hai Xiao, Samuel Lewis bell Distinguished Professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Fei Peng, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
About the award: Recognizes a team of two or more faculty who have demonstrated exemplary and synergistic collaboration in research and/or teaching which has made notable contributions to the college.
2019 winner: John Saylor, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
About the award: Honors a faculty member who goes above and beyond in enriching the faculty and student Clemson experience.
Esin Gulari Leadership and Service Award
2019 winner: Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
About the award: Recognizes college faculty who undertake leadership and service roles that require selfless commitment of time and effort.
Junior Researcher of the Year
2019 winner: Mark Blenner, McQueen Quattlebaum Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
About the award: Recognizes the efforts of high-achieving faculty whose work is improving society through the generation and dissemination of new knowledge.