Honors and Awards
James H. Clarke, professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to the executive committee of the American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning, Decontamination and Reutilization Division. The division is charged with promoting the development and use of technologies associated with the management of nuclear facilities and materials.
Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering Kenneth F. Galloway has been named to the Academy of Fellows of the American Society for Engineering Education. Galloway is the current past chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council.
H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Goldfarb has received the inaugural Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Goldfarb is the director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics.
Paul H. King, professor of biomedical engineering, emeritus, is the 2011 recipient of the highest award given by the biomedical engineering division of the American Society for Engineering Education. The Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award honors lifetime achievement in teaching, research and administration.
Clare McCabe, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, received Vanderbilt University’s Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The winner is selected by the university’s chancellor from nominations by undergraduate students.
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering W. David Merryman has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (Career) Award. The grant will further his research in tissue engineering. Merryman has also been named a 2011 University of Tennessee Alumni Promise Award recipient.
Hak-Joon Sung, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. The grant will support Sung’s new approach to regenerate injured small blood vessels as well as create a new toolbox for minimally invasive surgery.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert J. Webster III has been awarded a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. The award will aid his efforts to design more accurate and less invasive surgical tools called continuum robots.
Sharon Weiss, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been accepted into the 2012-2013 class of the Defense Science Study Group. The group introduces selected scientists and engineering professors to the challenges facing national security and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues.
Yaqiong Xu, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. The grant supports her efforts to measure, at the single-molecule level, the electrical and mechanical interactions between individual carbon nanotubes and DNA molecules.