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 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 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 Bioctech


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 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 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 Winners

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 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 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

Award 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


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


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

Staff Awards

Award 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


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 Bioctech


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/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


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


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

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


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


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


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 Performance Awards
Award 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 Winners

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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