Faculty and Staff Honors

 

The Faculty and Staff Honors recognizes those who have received accolades and awards throughout the previous academic year. Congratulations to this year's award recipients!

Faculty Awards

Sigma Xi Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
Best Faculty Paper Award Given to faculty authors of an outstanding paper given in the previous calendar year. Winners are awarded a plaque, certificate, and $3,000 each.
  • Gabe Kwong
    Associate Professor
    Biomedical Engineering
  • Konstantinos (Kostas) Konstantinidis
    Professor
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
Young Faculty Award Given to faculty of rank no higher than Assistant Professor or equivalent. Recognizes outstanding research achievements, as evidenced by publications, program development results, and other research contributions. Winners are awarded a plaque, certificate, and $3,000 each.
  • Matthew McDowell
    Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Reinhard
    Assistant Professor
    Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Sustained Research Award Recognition of sustained research in a given area. Recipients are awarded a plaque, certificate, and $6,000.
  • Vladimir V. Tsukruk
    Regents Professor
    Materials Science and Engineering

Institute Research Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
Outstanding Achievement in Research Enterprise Enhancement Award

 

Awarded to a staff member who consistently betters Georgia Tech’s research program but is not a traditional researcher.
  • Christine Conwell
    Managing Director, Center for Chemical Evolution
    Senior Research Scientist
    School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Outstanding Achievement in Research Innovation Award Awards faculty whose research results have had a demonstrable and sustained societal impact.
  • Ayanna Howard
    Director of the Human - Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS)
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award Awarded in recognition of the achievements of a faculty member's doctoral students who completed all degree requirements from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2019.
  • Muhannad S. Bakir
    Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award  Awarded to faculty who most contributed to highly impactful publications describing the results of research conducted at Georgia Tech and published during the period January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2019.
  • Cheng Zhu
    Regents Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award Awarded to a research team, preferably composed of both faculty and staff, that creates a new thought leadership platform to significantly expand Georgia Tech’s research portfolio.
  • Krishnendu Roy
    Robert A. Milton Chair
    Biomedical Engineering
Outstanding Achievement in Early Career Research Awarded to a faculty member within eight years of his or her initial appointment who has made significant discoveries or advancements in his or her research, visibly impacting society or one or more scholarly communities.
  • James Dahlman
    Assistant Professor
    Biomedical Engineering

CTL Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award Recognizes teaching excellence, educational innovation, impact on student lives, and research / teaching connections. Nominees should be full-time tenure-track faculty who haven't received tenure.
  • Marta Hatzell
    Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Dan Kotlyar
    Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • A.J. Medford
    Assistant Professor
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Annalise Paaby
    Assistant Professor
    Biological Sciences
  • Kate Pride Brown
    Assistant Professor
    History and Sociology
  • Siva Theja Maguluri
    Assistant Professor
    Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Wei Wang
    Assistant Professor
    Industrial Design
Undergraduate Educator Award Recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate education among non-tenure track faculty with 75 – 100 percent appointments who teach undergraduate courses and have completed at least two semesters.
  • Benjamin Diden
    Lecturer and Assistant Director of Bands
    School of Music
  • Mary Hudachek-Buswell
    Lecturer
    Division of Computing Instruction
Curriculum Innovation Award Recognizes faculty who are improving the quality of education at Georgia Tech through pedagogical and curricular innovation. 
  • Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy
    Professor
    Associate Chair for Global Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
Innovation and Excellence in Laboratory Instruction Award Awards those faculty members who have excelled in teaching in the laboratory. 
  • Colin Harrison
    Academic Professional
    Biological Sciences

     

Innovation in Co-Curricular Education Award Recognizes those faculty members who increase student learning outside the traditional curriculum and help Georgia Tech achieve its strategic goal of graduating global citizens who can contribute to all sectors of society. 
  • Yevgenya (Jenny) Strakovsky
    Assistant Director of Career Education and Graduate Programs
    School of Modern Languages
Faculty Award for Academic Outreach Awarded to those who use their academic expertise to further the learning of K-12 students, teachers, or other educational stakeholders of Georgia.
  • Cassie Mitchell
    Assistant Professor
    Biomedical Engineering
Geoffrey G. Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award  Recognizes faculty who provide outstanding teaching to students in core courses.
  • Shana Kerr
    Senior Academic Professional
    Biological Sciences
  • Pamela Pollet
    Senior Academic Professional
    Chemistry and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching - *NEW AWARD* Recognizes full-time faculty of any rank for a strong commitment to engaged, online teaching and student success. The winner will be our nominee for the Regents' award in the upcoming year.
  • Michael Schatz
    Professor
    Physics
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award - *NEW AWARD* This award is intended to encourage and support the work of faculty whose scholarship focuses on the instructional mission of the institution. The winner will be our nominee for the Regents' award in the upcoming year.
  • Raghu Pucha
    Senior Lecturer
    Mechanical Engineering

Serve-Learn-Sustain Award

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
SLS Award for Excellence in Community - Engaged Sustainability Teaching  This award recognizes faculty members who have provided outstanding classroom experiences and related community engagement opportunities to students in one or more SLS Affiliated Courses taught between fall 2018  and the present.
  • Teresa Snow
    Senior Academic Professional
    Biological Sciences
  • Emily Weigel
    Academic Professional
    Biological Sciences

Academic Advisor Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNER
Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Award - Faculty Recognizes a faculty member who has significant responsibilities in advising undergraduates and in teaching and/or research.
  • Mary Holder
    Academic Professional
    College of Sciences

ANAK Award

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
ANAK Award Founded in 1908, ANAK's purpose is to recognize outstanding members of the Georgia Institute of Technology community for their strong character, leadership ability, and true love for Georgia Tech.
  • Pamela Pollett
    Senior Academic Professional
    Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Honors Committee Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Recognizes faculty who have had sustained outstanding achievement in mentoring undergraduates in research activities.
  • Shuyi Nie
    Assistant Professor
    Biological Sciences
  • Lena Ting
    Professor
    Biomedical Engineering
Class of 1934 Outstanding Service Award Presented to a faculty member who has benefited the Institute, profession, school/department, or the general public in an exemplary manner.
 
  • Katherine Fu
    Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
Class of 1934 Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award Recognizes a member of the faculty who has developed and instituted innovative techniques to improve the learning environment and the learning process.
  • Jeffrey Davis
    Associate Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
Class of 1934 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award Recognizes faculty who have made significant interdisciplinary contributions to teaching and research.
  • Joshua Weitz
    Professor
    Biological Sciences
Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award Awarded to those who display teaching excellence, including extraordinary efforts in teaching, inspiration transmitted to students, direct impact and involvement with students, intellectual integrity and scholarship, and impact on post graduate success of students.
  • Dong Qin
    Associate Professor
    Materials Science and Engineering
Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award Awarded to those who display teaching excellence, including extraordinary efforts in teaching, inspiration transmitted to students, direct impact and involvement with students, intellectual integrity and scholarship, and impact on post graduate success of students.
  • Linda Wills
    Associate Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award Recognizes sustained outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and service. The highest award given to a faculty member.
  • Jeff Wu
    Professor
    Industrial and Systems Engineering


 

Staff Awards

Staff Performance Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNERS
Spirit of Georgia Tech Award  Recognizes staff who inspire others with their presence and professionalism, creating an environment where others flourish and thrive. Nominees embody what it means to be a Georgia Tech employee, continually striving toward progress and service.
  • Stacey Bass
    Grants Administrator
    School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Recha Reid
    Program and Operations Manager for Student Innovation
    Office of Undergraduate Education
Process Improvement Excellence Award  Celebrates staff who consistently invent or improve tools, processes, or systems. Nominees should consistently ask "How can we do this better?" and "Why do we do it that way?"

Mechanical Engineering Academic Advising Program Improvements Team

  • Lenna Applebee
    Academic Advisor
  • Amy Huttenhoff
    Academic Advisor
  • Hillary Sutherland
    Academic Advisor
  • Laura Tolliver
    Academic Advisor

Styrofoam Recycling Pilot Team
Office of Solid Waste Management & Recycling

  • Wilhemenia Andrews
    Custodian
  • Blake Baklini
    Construction Project Manager
  • Emma Brodzik
    Campus Recycling Coordinator
  • Karen Ethier
    Administrative Manager
  • Joyce Gresham
    Custodian
  • Alejuandro Hunt
    Area Maintenance Manager
  • Shawn Dunham
    Foreman
  • Ryan Lisk
    Lab and Chemical Safety Officer
  • Todd Clarkson
    Facilities Manager
  • Juan Archila
    Director of Facilities and Capital Planning
  • Susanne Gibboney
    Research Technician
  • Logan Clausnitzer
    Building Coordinator
  • Jason Dunn
    Facilities Manager
  • Michelle Wong
    Assistant Director, Business Operations
  • Shweta Biliya
    Research Scientist
  • Sarah Neville
    Campus Sustainability Project Manager
Excellence Award  Celebrates staff who are involved with transformative, larger-scale efforts. Nominees should achieve results that impact a large constituency of Georgia Tech employees. Winners are awarded a plaque, certificate and $3,000.
  • Emily Takieddine
    Director of Development
    Parent Giving and Student Life
Leadership in Action Award  Celebrates staff who effectively motivate, influence, and develop both groups and individuals to achieve Institute goals. Nominees inspire change and productivity in others. Winners are awarded a plaque, certificate, and $2,750.
  • David Brown
    Electrician
  • Steven I. Woodard
    Senior Assistant Director, Core Facilities
    Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Service to the Community Award  Presented to staff who engage in activities that help others within the Georgia Tech community or outside of the Institute. Nominees will demonstrate a positive impact on others. Winners are awarded a plaque and certificate.
  • Chris Burke
    Executive Director, Community Relations
    Institute Relations
Creating the Next Award  Recognizes an individual and/or team who regularly evaluates situations, gathers data, and uses the data to identify opportunities for change. Nominees embrace change as an opportunity for growth and innovation. Winners are awarded a plaque, certificate, and $2,750.
  • Elizabeth Miller
    Director of Enrollment and Student Affairs
    Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE) Team

  • Carla Bradley
    Director
    Counseling Center
  • Shannon Croft
    Lead Psychiatrist
  • Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman
    Director
    Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE)
  • Benjamin Holton
    Senior Director
    Health Services
  • Michael W. Edwards
    Director
    Campus Recreation Center
  • Sara Warner
    Director of Communications
    Student Life
  • Morgan Miller
    Director of Communications
    Campus Services
  • LaRonda Hollis
    Clinical Case Manager
  • Rachel Brown
    Clinical Care Coordinator Supervisor
  • Easter Worden
    HR Business Partner
    Student Life
  • Mack Bowers
    Associate Director
    Counseling Center
  • Andrew Smith
    Associate Director
    Counseling Center

     

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Awards

AWARD NAME
DESCRIPTION
WINNER
Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Award - Staff Recognizes a staff member whose primary role is to advise undergraduates. Must have completed at least two years of service.
  • Laura Tolliver
    Academic Advisor
    Mechanical Engineering

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