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NCSU College of Engineering - Awards & Research

The cornerstone of the Engineering Online program is its nationally and internationally recognized faculty. The following profiles are a small sample of those honored for teaching and research excellence.

Dr. Min Chi

Dr. Min Chi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University, received a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty in science and engineering. Chi's current research interests include advanced learning technologies, artificial intelligence and intelligence agents, data sciences and analytics as well as graphics, human computer interaction and user experience. Read more about Dr. Chi's NSF Career Award and the funding of her research.

Dr. Richard Kim Dr. Richard Kim is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Kim's specialty areas include characterization and performance modeling of asphaltic materials and pavement systems and preservation. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and many other professional engineering organizations. He is the founder and first president of the Asian-American Pavement Engineers Association. He is also a board member of the International Society of Asphalt Pavements (ISAP) and the Chair of the 2014 ISAP Conference on Asphalt Pavements.
Dr. Michael Steer

Dr. Michael Steer, Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been selected as the 29th recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension. This Public Lecture, now posted on YouTube, was presented as part of the 2013 RJ Reynold's Award to Michael Steer. Biologically Inspired Great Ideas: Ideas from Nothing. How to develop ideas and speculations on how the brain works related to engineering ideas. (See Dr. Steer's site for further information)

Dr. Detlef Knappe and Dr. Steven Shannon

Dr. Detlef Knappe, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and Dr. Steven Shannon, associate professor of nuclear engineering, were among six project recipients of the 2013 Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF). Engineers are trying to harness plasma technology -- to treat water without using chemicals. Potential uses range from removing contaminants in drinking water to fertilizing crops in the developing world with plasma-treated water. They're hoping plasma technology has the potential to go the distance, as they improve energy efficiency through innovation in reactor design enabled by CIF.

Dr. Carl Koch and graduate students Dr. Carl Koch, Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

He is the 11th current NC State faculty member to be elected to the NAE, a private, independent nonprofit organization that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Koch, whose engineering career spans more than 50 years, is well-known for his achievements in research on amorphous and nanostructured materials.

Dr. Baliga President Obama has awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to NC State engineer Dr. B. Jayant Baliga. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement.

Baliga, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center, was honored for inventing, developing, and commercializing the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor. The energy-saving semiconductor switch controls the flow of power from an electrical energy source to any application that needs energy.
Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei

Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has invented a new ultra lightweight composite metal foam that can absorb the energy and shock it encounters at a rate up to 80 times higher than bulk steel.

Dr. George Rouskas Designing fiber optic networks involves finding the most efficient way to connect phones and computers that are in different places -- a costly and time-consuming process. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a model that can find optimal connections 10,000 times more quickly, using less computing power to solve the problem. “Problems that used to take days to solve can now be solved in just a few seconds,” says Dr. George Rouskas, computer science professor at NC State and author of a paper describing the new method.
Dr. Cranos Williams Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for using multi-core chips more efficiently, significantly enhancing a computer's ability to build computer models of biological systems. "When developing a model of a biological system, you have to use techniques that account for that uncertainty, and those techniques require a lot of computational power," says Dr. Cranos Williams, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research. "That means using powerful computers. Those computers are expensive, and access to them can be limited. "Our goal was to develop software that enables scientists to run biological models on conventional computers by utilizing their multi-core chips more efficiently."
Dr. Jerome Lavelle

Dr. Jerome Lavelle, associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, received the Engineering Economy Division Wellington Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers on May 24.

Lavelle was recognized with the award at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2011 in Reno, Nevada. The Wellington Award was named after Arthur M. Wellington, the author of The Economic Theory of Railroad Location, in 1887. It recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of engineering economy.

Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty

Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective March 1, 2011. The award is one of the highest honors given by the NSF to young university faculty in science and engineering.

Dr. Keith Gubbins

Dr. Keith E. Gubbins, the W.H. Clark Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been selected to receive the 2012 Rossini Lectureship Award from the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics.

Gubbins is internationally known for his research in the areas of confined materials, molecular simulation, adsorption and surface properties. He has accumulated over 18,000 citations, co-authored at least five books and published more than 450 papers. In addition, he leads the Gubbins Research Group at NC State, which seeks to understand the behavior of nano-dimensional fluids and solids.

Dr. Jay Narayan

Dr. Jay Narayan, the John C.C. Fan Family Distinguished Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has won the 2011 Acta Materialia Gold Medal and Prize – an international award given to one person annually for exceptional research contributions and leadership in materials science. Narayan was recognized for his fundamental contributions in defects, diffusion, ion implantation and laser-solid interactions, which have led to major materials breakthroughs.

Narayan also invented integrated smart sensors and 3-D self-assembled nanostructures with oriented magnetic nanodots for information storage which NSF hailed as one of the breakthroughs of the year 2004.

Dr. Russell King

Dr. Russell King, professor of industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina State University, received the 2010 Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The award recognizes educators who have contributed significantly to the profession through teaching, research and publication, extension, innovation or administration.

King is director of graduate programs in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State, where he has played a major role in developing a dual Master of Industrial Engineering/Master of Business Administration program and a distance education Master of Engineering degree program.

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