CORVALLIS - The College of Engineering at Oregon State University recently honored several of its faculty, staff and students.
Kimberly Dunn, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, received the Austin-Paul award for stimulating students to pursue creative and innovative ideas. She was cited as an adviser and mentor who "teaches students as people, not numbers."
Sandra L. Woods, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, was presented the Loyd Carter Award, to encourage and recognize effective and inspirational teaching.
Tom Dietterich, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, received the Research Award sponsored by the engineering dean's office, which honors sustained and unusually significant achievements in research. Dietterich is an expert in the field of machine learning and has been named a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.
Susan Ellinwood, supervisor in the engineering accounting office, and Nick Wannenmacher, network manager in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received the Professional Faculty Award which recognizes exemplary performance in administrative, computer-technical, or development support. Ellinwood was recognized for her integrity, professional ethics and supervisory abilities. Wannenmacher was responsible for the creation, design, and implementation of the Schulein Computer Lab, converting a basement storeroom into a functioning lab, often volunteering much of his personal time.
Mehmet Alpay received the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. He revised the obsolete laboratory curriculum of one course, making it into a useful and well-liked laboratory activity, and was recognized for a dedication to students to make sure they understand the material being taught.
Catherine (Kate) Remley received the Graduate Research Assistant Award, which recognizes contributions beyond the normal expectations of a graduate research assistant. Remley has compiled impressive research accomplishments in optoelectronics, computational electromagnetics, and communication channel modeling
Jennifer Merrell, a senior student in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, received the Burgess-Tektronix Award which honors an outstanding senior based on academic performance and activities in student, community, or professional organizations. Merrill was consistently in the top of her class, participated in the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP), was vice president of membership for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, president of Alpha Pi Mu, served on the IME student advisory board and was a member of the OSU Dance Team.
Teresa Culver was presented the Classified Employee Award to recognize her outstanding job performance, integrity, peer respect, and service to the department, college, and university community. In the Department of Nuclear Engineering she developed an automated document and data tracking system which met the requirements of quality assurance requirements for nuclear safety testing.
Annette von Jouanne, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding young faculty in the college with $10,000 to support scholarly and teaching activities. Von Jouanne has introduced contemporary techniques for modeling and simulation, helped establish a new core course, received high student evaluations, is advising six graduate students, has published numerous professional papers, has one patent application and two invention disclosure licenses.
Curtis Cook, a professor of computer science, received the Alumni Professor Award which recognizes excellence in teaching and service to students and includes $10,000 to be used in support of instructional or scholarship activity. Cook introduced the teamwork experience in freshman orientation, took primary responsibility for the undergraduate program, pioneered the televised delivery of OSU computer science courses to Portland and took the lead in developing the statewide master of software engineering program. He does research on parallel program development and program understanding tools, and with two other faculty members was recently awarded a $900,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation.