Engineering faculty and staff awarded top honors during annual university awards ceremony

Fifteen College of Engineering faculty and staff received the highest Iowa State University honors at the annual awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.

Distinguished Professor

The title of Distinguished Professor, first awarded in 1956, is the highest academic honor the university bestows. It recognizes a faculty member whose accomplishments in research or creative activities have had a significant impact on his or her discipline, and who has demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility. Nominees must hold the rank of professor and have served for at least five years prior to the current year on the Iowa State faculty. The awardee retains the title for the remainder of his or her career at the university.

  • Valery Levitas, Vance D. Coffman Faculty Chair and professor of aerospace engineering

Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

The award is presented by the state Board of Regents to recognize tenured faculty members are outstanding university citizens and who have rendered significant service to the university or the state of Iowa.

  • Theodore Heindel, Bergles Professor in Thermal Science in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Say Kee Ong, Cerwick Faculty Professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time.

  • Stephanie Loveland, senior lecturer, chemical and biological engineering

Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award

Established by a long-time staff member of the Graduate College, the award recognizes superior performance by a member of the graduate faculty in enriching the student-professor relationship and enabling students to finish their work in a timely and scholarly manner.

  • Halil Ceylan, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

International Service Award

The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding international service in teaching, research or administration within the United States or abroad.

  • Manjit Misra, director, Seed Science Center, Seed Science Chair and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering

Award for Academic Advising

The award recognizes outstanding performance by an academic adviser over an extended period of time.

  • Larry Cormicle, senior lecturer, civil, construction and environmental engineering

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

The award recognizes a tenured faculty member who has a national or international reputation for contributions in research and has influenced the research activities of students.

  • Xinwei Wang, professor of mechanical engineering

Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research

The award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary research performance or scholarship accomplishments as documented by peers or experts in the field.

  • Halil Ceylan, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • David Grewell, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering

Award for Early Achievement in Research

The award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments unusually early in his or her professional career.

  • Adina Howe, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering

Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property

The award recognizes individuals or teams of faculty or professional and scientific staff for outstanding university-based achievements in producing intellectual property.

  • Eric Cochran, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering
  • Chris Williams, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa

The award recognizes individuals or teams of faculty or professional and scientific staff for outstanding university-based achievements in advancing the state of Iowa’s economic development.

  • Ron Cox, director, Center for Industrial Research and Service

Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award

The award recognizes a professional and scientific staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments unusually early in his or her professional career.

  • Roger Suski, program coordinator, Engineering-LAS Online Learning

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