honors and awards

Peter T. Cummings, the John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named a member of the leadership team and a co-principal investigator for a new Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport (FIRST) Center established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the direction of the Department of Energy. The center is one of the new multimillion-dollar Energy Frontier Research centers recently announced by the White House. Cummings has also been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Dean Kenneth F. Galloway has been elected by his national peers to a two-year term as chair of the Engineering Deans Council, which includes more than 300 deans of engineering institutions across the United States. The council is one of the leadership organizations of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Aniruddha S. Gokhale, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, and Scott A. Guelcher, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, have received highly competitive National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards.

Sanjiv Gokhale, professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering, was honored with the inaugural Distinguished Professor Award given by the Construction Industry Institute.

Michael Goldfarb, professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a new NIH R01 grant of $1.4 million for his work on developing an exoskeleton for gait restoration for paraplegics. He also has been awarded a five-year, Army-funded project that leverages his current NIH R01 on powered leg prostheses. The project will support work on a version of his team’s robotic leg with neural interfaces being developed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

George M. Hornberger, the Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering and a University Distinguished Professor, has received a new presidential appointment to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He has served on the board since 2005.

E. Duco Jansen, professor of biomedical engineering, was elected president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, becoming only the third nonphysician ever elected to lead the organization.

David S. Kosson, chair of civil and environmental engineering, received the 2009 ISCOWA Award given by the International Society for the Environmental and Technical Implications of Construction with Alternative Material. The award is an international recognition for contributing most significantly to the use of alternative materials in construction applications.

Sankaran Mahadevan, professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the Outstanding Professional Service Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for sustained service to the aerospace division over the past two decades.

Clare M. McCabe, associate professor and co-director of graduate studies of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is chair-elect of the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Ronald D. Schrimpf, the Orrin Henry Ingram Professor of Engineering, received Vanderbilt’s university-wide honor, the Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award. The Branscomb Award is for outstanding accomplishments in furthering the aims of Vanderbilt University.

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