Engineering faculty and staff to receive top university awards

Nine Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff will be honored during Iowa State University’s annual awards ceremony in September.

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering

The title of Distinguished Professor, first awarded in 1956, is Iowa State’s highest academic honor. It recognizes a faculty member whose accomplishments in research or creative activities have had a significant impact on his or her discipline nationally or internationally 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 at least five years on the Iowa State faculty. The awardee retains the title for the remainder of his or her career at the university.

  • Manimaran Govindarasu, Mehl Professor in Computer Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering

University Professor

The title of University Professor is awarded to a faculty member who has acted as a change agent by making significant contributions to improve the university 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 at least 10 years on the Iowa State faculty. The awardee retains the title for the remainder of his or her career at the university.

  • Gary Mirka, John Ryder Professor of Engineering and professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering

Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

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

  • Monica Lamm, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering
  • Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Regents Award for Staff Excellence

The award is presented by the state Board of Regents to recognize members of either the professional and scientific or supervisory and confidential staffs who are outstanding university citizens and have rendered significant service to the university or the state of Iowa.

  • Michelle Stotts, operations manager, chemical and biological engineering

Early Achievement in Teaching

The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching performance unusually early in his or her career.

  • Paola Pittoni, assistant teaching professor of mechanical engineering

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.

  • Yue Wu, Herbert Stiles Professor in Chemical Engineering and associate professor of chemical and biological engineering

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.

  • Soumik Sarkar, associate professor of mechanical engineering

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.

  • Brenda Martin, account manager, Center for Industrial Research and Service