ENG Awards Celebrate Faculty Achievements

By Mark Dwortzan

Professor Kamil Ekinci, the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Fellow, is developing nanoscale, diving-board-like cantilevers to detect trace amounts of pathogens in fluid.
Professor Kamil Ekinci, the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Fellow, is developing nanoscale, diving-board-like cantilevers to detect trace amounts of pathogens in fluid.

College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Selim Ünlü has announced this year’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Faculty Service Award, Professor of the Year and Department Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The College has selected Professor Kamil Ekinci as the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Fellow, an award that recognizes midlevel faculty members for significant contributions to their field. Ekinci will receive $20,000 per year for the next five years to support his investigations of mechanical systems at nanometer length scales.

“I am delighted and honored to receive this recognition and support from my colleagues,” said Ekinci. “Obtaining grant funding for new high-risk and high-impact research ideas without preliminary results is quite challenging. This award will allow me to pursue such ideas swiftly, without initially worrying about external grants and contracts. It will also help me explore new collaborations both within and outside the university.”

Through measurements of the physical properties of nanomechanical systems, Ekinci hopes to gain a better understanding of the fundamental physical processes in nanomechanical systems, and to design and fabricate ultra-high speed nanomechanical sensors. In receiving this honor, Ekinci joins last year’s inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellows, Professor Mark Grinstaff (BME, Chemistry), Associate Professor Joyce Wong (BME) and Associate Professor Xin Zhang (ME, MSE).

Associate Professor Jeffrey Carruthers (ECE) was named the 2010 Professor of the Year by members of the 2010 graduating class. Choosing the professor they felt best exemplifies excellence in teaching, this year’s seniors collected votes via the Engineering graduation website. A Boston University faculty member since 1997, Carruthers pursues research interests in digital communications theory, wireless networks and wireless, optical and mobile communications. He teaches ENG SC 415 (Communication Systems); ENG SC 441 (Computer and Communication Networks); and ENG SC 715 (Wireless Communications).

The College’s Executive Board selected Professor Michael Ruane (ECE) for the 2010 Faculty Service Award for outstanding contributions to the College through involvement in programs, committees and organizations within the College and University. Ruane’s many contributions to the College include his service as faculty outreach coordinator, administration of the ECE Senior Design Project and ENG Design Competition and development of the High Tech Tools and Toys Laboratory.

Each year the College also recognizes a faculty member from each department for achieving excellence in teaching. The 2010 recipients of the Department Awards for Teaching Excellence are Professor Steven Colbrun (BME), Associate Professor David Starobinski (ECE) and Associate Professor J. Gregory McDaniel (ME).

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