ME Faculty Awards

Most Recent Awards

ME.bird_330pxwideJames Bird was named recipient of the 2015 Boston University Early Career Excellence Award, which celebrates the significant, recent, high-impact research achievements of exemplary tenure-track faculty who are within 10 years of receiving their PhD. A faculty member since 2012, Bird’s research focuses on fluid dynamics with a focus on the capillary dynamics of drops and bubbles. He investigates problems such as how drops spread on surfaces and how bubbles pop, which has potential application in manufacturing, the environment, materials and healthcare.

Morgan-Elise-2012Elise Morgan was selected as a recipient of 2015’s INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education. The award recognizes 100 women whose work and achievements as researchers, teachers and mentors both encourage and inspire women currently engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, as well as inspire a whole new generation of young women to consider a career in STEM.

Professor Xin Zhang (ME, MSE)

Xin Zhang was named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow in 2015. Zhang is one of 3,347 Fellows out of 110,835 ASME members. The award recognizes her internationally renowned research using MEMS to address a wide variety of problems in advanced materials, biomedicine, and energy. Additionally, in Fall 2015, Professor Zhang was elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for “outstanding achievement and contribution in terahertz metamaterials, biophotonics and energy using microelectromechanical systems”.

Douglas HolmesDouglas Holmes received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. For the next five years, Holmes will receive funding to study the mechanics of how thin rods move through soft and fragile matter such as tissue and granular materials. The knowledge gained from this study could enable the construction of advanced, autonomous structures capable of navigating around obstacles in similar materials. This will help inform the development of smart needles, soft robotic arms, and other flexible devices.

Other Faculty Awards

SEAN ANDERSSON

  • 2013 IEEE Senior Member
  • 2009 NSF CAREER Award
  • Associate Editor, Conference Editorial Board, IEEE Control Systems Society and Robotics and Automation Society
STORMY ATTAWAY
  • 2014 BU Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2001 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 1995 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award

JOHN BAILLIEUL

  • 2014 BU College of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering
  • 2011 IEEE Hendrik W. Bode Prize
  • 2009 Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, SIAM
  • 2008 Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer Series Award, College of Engineering, Boston University
  • 2000 IEEE Third Millenium Medal
  • 1992 Fellow of the IEEE
PAUL BARBONE
  • 2011 BU College of Engineering Service Award
  • 2007 Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2000 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award
  • 1999 R. Bruce lindsay Award of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 1995 Young Investigator Award ONR
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
SOUMENDRA BASU
  • 2012 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2011 BU ENG Faculty Service Award
  • 2011 BU MSE Innovation Grant
  • 2010 BU Dean’s Catalyst Award Winner
  • 2007 Plenary Talk in the International Conference of Advanced Materials and Composites, Trivandrum, India, October 24-26
  • 2005 Keynote Talk in OPE-8 International Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Elected to the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society at MIT
CALIN BELTA
  • 2012 CISE First Prize, BU Engineering and Science Day
  • 2008 AFOSR Young Investigator Award
  • 2005 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2004 Best Paper Award, International Conference Systems Biology, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1997 Fulbright Study Award
THOMAS BIFANO
  • 2013 College of Engineering Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2009 Bepi Colombo Award
  • 2007 R&D 100 Award: Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (MAOSLO)
  • 2003 R&D 100 Award: MEMS-based adaptive optics phoropter (MAOP)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS

JAMES BIRD

  • 2014 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2014 ONR Summer Faculty Fellow, NUWC

GREG BLONDER

  • Over 50 design patents, many licensed and in production

KEITH BROWN

  • 2013 Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership, Department of Chemistry, NU
  • 2013 2nd place overall, Northwestern University Scientific Image Contest
  • 2013 3rd place Poster Award, Seeing at the Nanoscale
  • 2012 International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2007 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
  • 2011 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2010 University of Colorado Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Education Award (2009-2010)
  • 2008 DARPA MTO Young Faculty Award
  • 2000 Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories Graduate Fellowship
MICHAEL CARAMANIS
  • 2004 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • Member of Editorial board, IIE Transactions in Design and Manufacturing
  • Past Editor, IIT Transactions in Design and Manufacturing
DANIEL COLE
  • 2008 BU Manufacturing Engineering Department  Award of Teaching Excellence
  • 2007 BU Manufacturing Engineering Department  Award of Teaching Excellence
  • 2005 BU Manufacturing Engineering Department  Award of Teaching Excellence
THEO de WINTER
  • 2007 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2002 BU Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2000 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 1997 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 1988 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 1985 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
CHUANHUA DUAN
  • 2012 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award
KAMIL EKINCI
  • 2015 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2010 Boston University College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow
  • 2007 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2007 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award

CALEB FARNY

  • 2012 Award of Teaching Excellence, BU Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2011 Redesigning the Undergraduate Learning Experience Award, BU

MICHAEL GEVELBER

  • Winner of MIT Clean Energy Contest

JILLIAN GOLDFARB

  • 2014 Chemical Society Innovative Project Grant
  • 2014 ACS Project SEED Grant to Mentor High School Students
  • 2013 ACS Younger Chemists Committee Leadership Development Award
  • 2007 ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Merit
  • 2007 NSF Travel Award to 10th International Congress on Combustion By-Products
SRIKANTH GOPALAN
  • 2015 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2009 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2008 Massachusetts Technology Investigation Award of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC)
SHERYL GRACE
  • 2005 AIAA Associate Fellow
  • 2002 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 2001 AIAA National Faculty Advisor Award
ENRIQUE GUTIERREZ-WING
  • 2015 CEIT Award for innovating classroom education
  • 2010 Top Rated Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at CENIDET
R. GLYNN HOLT
  • 2015 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2008 Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 1983 ONR Graduate Fellowship
  • 1982 DAAD/Fulbright Grant to study and research at the Third Physical Institute, University of Gottingen, Germany
DOUGLAS P. HOLMES
  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2013 ASEE Ferndinand P. Beer and E. Russel Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator
  • 2013 PACAM – NSF Travel Scholarship
  • 2010 ICAM Scientist Travel Award
MICHAEL HOWE
  • 2007 Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics
  • 2000 Per Bruel Gold Medalof the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1997 Rayleigh Lecturer of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics, UK
MORT ISAACSON
  • 1998 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 1993 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
CATHERINE KLAPPERICH
  • 2005 BU Technology Development Award
  • 2004 BU Provost’s Innovation Award
J. GREGORY McDANIEL
  • 2015 1st prize at Tech Drug and Rock and Roll’s Mobile App Development Competition
  • 2012 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2010 BU Metcalf Cup and Prize
  • 2010 BU Mechanical Engineering Department Award of Teaching Excellence
  • 2008 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 2006 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2006 Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2000 NSF CAREER Award
  • 1999 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • Editor, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
ELISE MORGAN
  • Recipient of 2015’s INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award.
  • 2015 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2015 Elected AIMBE Fellow
  • 2014 BU College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 2012 BU College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow
  • 2010 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award for Senior Fellows (F33) by NIH
  • 2010 American Association of Orthodontists Milo Hellman Research Award
  • 2009 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2009 Vernon T. Tolo Basic Science Paper Award:  H Bian, J Aya-ay, A Garces, EF Morgan, SR Gilbert, HK Kim, “Epiphyseal cartilage plays an important role in revascularization of the femoral head following ischemic osteonecrosis,” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • 2008 BU College of Engineering  Early Career Research Excellence Award
  • 2005 International Osteoporosis Foundation-Servier Young Investigator Research Award
RAY NAGEM
  • 2015 College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2011 BU Mechanical Engineering Department Award of Teaching Excellence
  • 2009 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2008 BU Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2003 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2002 BU College of Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 1999 BU Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching
UDAY PAL
  • 2015 AIME James Douglas Gold Medal Award
  • 2012 Distinguished Foreign Scientist Award, CSIR
  • Principal Editor, Journal of Materials Research
  • 2008 Massachusetts Technology Investigation Award of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC)
  • 2008 TMS Resource Education Award in Materials Processing and Manufacturing
  • 2003 TMS Extraction and Processing Technology Award
  • 2000 TMS Extraction and Processing Technology Award
  • 1990-1997 John Chipman Chair at MIT
HAROLD PARK
  • 2012 Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Media from the Materials Division of the ASME
  • 2009 Richard H. Gallagher Young Investigator Award from the United States Association for Computational Mechanics
  • 2008-2009 Mechanical Engineering Chair’s Faculty Fellow
  • 2008 Woodward Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award
  • 2008 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2007 NSF CAREER Award
JAMES R. PERKINS
  • 2004 BU Department of Manufacturing Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2003 BU Department of Manufacturing Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2002 BU Department of Manufacturing Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 1989 IBM Manufacturing Research Graduate Fellowship
ALLAN PIERCE
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2009 Gold Medal of the Acoustical Foundation of India
  • 2004 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education, Acoustical Society of America
  • 1995 Per Bruel Fold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1992 Rayleigh Lecturer, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1991 Silver Medal In Physical Acoustics, Acoustical Society of America
  • 1989 Best paper award, Noise Control and Acoustics Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1976 Senior U.S. Scientist Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Life Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
TYRONE PORTER
  • 2010 Educator Award bestowed by the Boston Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club
  • 2008 R. Bruce Lindsay Young Investigator Award of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2008 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2003 F.V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2002 National Society of Black Engineers Graduate Student of the Year

EMILY RYAN

  • 2014 Hariri Junior Faculty Fellow
  • 2013 Kern Faculty Fellow
  • 2013 Young Faculty Travel Award, ECS
VINOD SARIN
  • 2015 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst AWard
  • 2014 Elected as a Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow
  • 2009 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 1984 GTE’s Leslie H. Warner Achievement Award
  • Over 80 US and International Patents

MAC SCHWAGER

  • 2015 COE Early Career Excellence Award
  • 2014 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011 Best Paper Finalist, International Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • 2008 Best Paper Award, Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior
ANDRE SHARON
  • 2013 Joseph Von Fraunhofer Prize for Science and Technology
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • 2009 Massachusetts Technology Investigation Award of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC)

ROBERTO TRON

  • 2013 Best Reviewer award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision
  • 2012 Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
PIROOZ VAKILI
  • Member of the IEEE
  • Associate Editor, Automatica

BRIAN WALSH

  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union
HUA WANG
  • 2013 Best Paper Award at IEEE International Confernce on Control System, Computing and Engineering
  • 2006-2008 Member of the Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • 2001 Senior Member of the IEEE
  • 2001 Plenary speaker, Chinese Control Conference, Dalian, China
  • 2000 Cheung Kong Scholar, Ministry of Education, China and Li Ka Shing Foundation, Hong Kong
  • 2000 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award
  • 1999 IFAC Congress Best Poster Paper Prize of the Fourteenth Triennial World Congress of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
  • 1994 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award of the American Automatic Control
ALICE WHITE
  • 2013 Optical Society of America Fellow
  • 2010 IEEE Photonics Society Fellow
  • 2001 Bell Labs Fellow Award
  • Lucent Technologies’ Research Affirmative Action Award
VICTOR YAKHOT
  • 2007 BU Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
KATHERINE YANHANG ZHANG
  • 2010 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2007 Young Faculty Award DARPA/MTO
  • 2006 Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship
XIN ZHANG
  • 2015 Elected as OSA Fellow
  • 2015 Elected as ASME Fellow
  • 2014 BU Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Award
  • 2013 BU Berman Future of Light Prize Award
  • 2012 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2010 Best Paper in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • 2010 Best Paper Award in IEEE Sensors
  • 2010 Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) Award
  • 2012 Schlumberger Award for Excellence and Leadership in MEMS/NEMS Research
  • 2009 BU College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award
  • 2008 BU College of Engineering Inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow
  • 2007 National Academy of Engineering Invitee
  • 2004 BU Technology Development Award
  • 2003 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2002 BU SPRInG Award

PETER ZINK

  • 2015 CEIT Award for innovating classroom education