Awards

IMG's Matt Williams recipient of MAE's "Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award."

Today Matt Williams was announced as a recipient of the MAE department's "Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award" for 2011.  Below is the announcement sent out by the department chair, Dr. Balachandar:

Dear Faculty, students and staff:

The following are the department awards for 2011 and they will be
distributed at the Awards Banquet on April 8th. I want to thank the
Awards Committee for their evaluation of the nominations:

Faculty Awards:
Teacher of the Year: Carl Crane
Researcher of the Year: Ghatu Subhash

Staff Awards:
Staff of the Year: Jennifer Brown

Outstanding Graduate Researcher Awards:
SMDM: Brandon Krick AND Shawn English
DSC: Shubendu Bhasin
TSFD: Matthew Williams

Best dissertation award (2010):
SMDM: Nathan Branch
DSC:  Nitin Sharma
TSFD: Manoj Parmar

Best TAs:
Tim Elmore and Ira Hill (both worked in the Controls lab)

Xiaoyu Cheng receives Honorable Mention at 2011 IEEE AP-S Conference

Xiaoyu Cheng's paper will receive an honorable mention in Student Paper Competition of the 2011 IEEE AP-S International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation to be held in Spokane, WA. Xiaoyu will be presented a stipend at the ceremony and his paper will be listed in the Technical Program Booklet as an honorable mention in the Competition.

Dr. David Arnold receives UF Faculty Award

Dr. David Arnold has been named the recipient of the 2011 Pramod P. Khargonekar Junior Faculty Award for Excellence. This recognition is awarded each year at the conclusion of the tenure process to the tenure candidate who best reflects the following leadership attributes exhibited by Dr. Khargonekar, former Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Florida: excellence in scholarship and teaching, outstanding mentorship of students, impact in her/his research field and exceptional potential for growth.

Dr. Arnold will be recognized at the Spring 2011 commencement ceremony.

Dr. Lou Cattafesta elected as a Fellow of ASME

Dr. Cattafesta was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  A quotation from ASME reads

"Professor Cattafesta has contributed seminal contributions to the development and implementation of and education concerning active flow control systems, with particular emphasis on novel actuators and methods for closed-loop flow control experiments."

PIRE: Collaborations with France and Japan on Multiphase Fluid Science and Technologies

Professors Lou Cattafesta (IMG), Ranga Narayanan, and Jason Butler of the University of Florida have been selected to lead an NSF Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) project focusing on the research of multi-phase flows with technological applications. Two US universities (The University of Florida and Florida State University) will work in collaboration with five French and five Japanese institutions to carry out this research. More information about this new and exciting project partnership can be found here. Congratulations, Dr. Cattafesta!

Chris Meyer wins "Professional Excellence" Award

Chris Meyer has been selected by the UF College of Engineering as the 2010-2011 Ph.D. recipient of the Attributes of a Gator Engineer Recognition Award for Professional Excellence.  He was selected for "exemplifying the attribute of professional excellence with his strong record of character and performance."  Chris will be recognized by Dean Abernathy in an awards ceremony in August.

Dr. Xie's Company, WiOptix, Reaches "Final Four" of Cade Prize Competition

The Cade Prize for Innovation, a new competition designed to recognize Florida inventors, has promoted Dr. Xie's company, WiOptix, to its "Final Four."  The WiOptix entry, "In Vivo Noninvasive Optical Endoscopic Imaging for Early Cancer Diagnosis," will be pitched to a panel of nationally recognized judges on Friday, June 11th.  If selected, WiOptix will receive a $50,000 cash prize and one year of in-kind support. Best of luck to Dr. Xie and the other WiOptix representatives, Martin Wynkoop, Lei Wu, and Shuguang Gu!

Dr. Fan wins E.T.S. Walton Award

Professor Z. Hugh Fan won the E. T. S. Walton Award from Science Foundation Ireland in Aug. 2009. The award enables him to take a two-semester sabbatical, assuming Walton Visiting Professorship in the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University in Ireland. BDI is comprised of more than 100 scientists, developing diagnostic platforms through integration of clinical, industrial and academic expertise. Professor Fan’s work at BDI will focus on device design and testing for sorting and concentration of rare circulating tumor cells.