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The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering won an unprecedented six awards ─ with accompanying funding totaling $29,250 ─ at the OSU University Day Faculty Senate Awards Night, an annual celebration that recognizes the year’s best achievements of all OSU faculty. At a dinner ceremony in Reser Stadium, where President Ed Ray presented a total of 21 awards, ten faculty were recognized for their “exceptional” and “extraordinary” contributions ranging from student success to industry partnering to international service.
We had strong contributions from Bend. Chris Hagen, assistant professor of energy systems engineering and director of the OSU Energy Systems Laboratory received two awards: the Faculty Innovator Award ($10,000), which recognizes a faculty member for “extraordinarily high-impact innovations from research;” and the Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award ($2,000), which recognizes and “encourages outstanding mentoring of postdoctoral appointees by OSU faculty members,” according to the OSU Faculty Senate award guidelines.
Also representing OSU-Cascades, ESE Program Director and Assistant Professor Robin Feuerbacher is part of the Capstone Design Team which won the Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award ($5,000). He collaborates with Javier Calvo-Amodio, Chris Hoyle, John Parmigiani, Tracy Ann Robinson, and Nancy Squires. The award recognizes departments or interdisciplinary groups at OSU that have “demonstrated exceptional teamwork in creating and sustaining an exemplary teaching and learning environment to advance the university’s strategic goal of student success and excellence,” according to the award guidelines.
Karl Haapala, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, won the Industry Partnering Award ($10,000), which recognizes “a faculty member who achieves extraordinarily high-impact innovations through research collaborations with industry,” according to the award guidelines.
Kendra Sharp, professor of mechanical engineering and the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor in Humanitarian Engineering, was awarded the International Service Award ($1,000) in recognition of her “exemplary, on-going contributions to the internationalization of the university by enhancing student, faculty, and staff awareness and participation in international education, research, and related activities,” according to the award guidelines.
Cindy Grimm, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded the Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award ($1,000) for “outstanding advising of undergraduate students by a member of the OSU faculty, as well as demonstrated success in teaching, research and service,” according to the award guidelines. Dean Scott Ashford accepted the award for her.
Congratulations to all for this superlative kickoff to fall term; we are humbled yet proud.