Professor Gang Chen, Department Head and Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, received the 2014 Nukiyama Memorial Award from the Heat Transfer Society of Japan, and the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was elected as an academician of Academia Sinica in 2014. In addition, Professor Chen’s work on batteries that can capture low-grade waste heat and convert it to electricity was named one of Scientific American’s 2014 World-Changing Ideas.
Professor Ahmed Ghoniem received the 2015 ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal, which recognizes eminent achievement or distinguished service in the science of thermodynamics and its application in mechanical engineering.
Assistant Professor Ken Kamrin received the Eshelby Mechanics Award. This award is given annually by ASME to rapidly emerging junior faculty who exemplify the creative use and development of mechanics.
Professor Alex Slocum received the 2014 Association of Manufacturing Technology Charlie Carter Advanced Manufacturing Award. He also received a NEUP award to develop a seawater uranium extraction system that will work symbiotically with an offshore windmill.
Assistant Professor Amos Winter, along with PhD student Natasha Wright, won USAID’s Desal Prize for their photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system for off-grid regions. He also received the Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigator Award at the 2014 ASME International Design & Engineering Technical Conferences.
Professors Rohit Karnik, Kripa Varanasi, and Maria Yang have been promoted from associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure. Professors Cullen Buie and Xuanhe Zhao have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor.