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NORTH CAROLINA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
June 2015 Engineers On The Move

North Carolina State University (NC State) has recently announced that:
Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, professor and associate chair of the Joint NC State/UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) at Drexel Fellowship Program. Loboa is also a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Departments of Fiber and Polymer Science, Physiology, and Biotechnology at NC State and the Department of Orthopaedics at UNC Chapel Hill. She is the founding director of the Cell Mechanics Laboratory at NC State. She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis and both an M.S.E. in biomechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University;
Wendy Francis is the new executive assistant to Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the College of Engineering;
Alexander Richter, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has won a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for work to improve agricultural pest control that could strengthen the global food supply;
Dr. Carl Zorowski, Reynolds Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), has been awarded the inaugural Faculty Distinguished Service Award given by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. He has served as head of the MAE department, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering and co-founder and director of the integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute. Zorowski has written a large number of publications related to engineering, robotics, textiles, tire mechanics, and metal forming. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology;
Dr. Christine Grant was recently named the associate dean of faculty advancement for the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. This achievement entails more than a change in title for Grant; it involves a restructuring of the Faculty Advancement Unit for the College of Engineering, previously known as the Faculty Development and Special Initiatives Unit. Grant holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Brown University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and
Dr. Jacob L. Jones, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility, has been named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Jones received a B.S. in mechanical engineering, an M.S. in mechanical engineering, and Ph.D. in materials engineering, all from Purdue University.
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University presented the 2015 Outstanding Senior Awards to four exceptional students chosen from multiple nominees in the categories of Leadership, Citizenship and Service, Scholarly Achievement and Humanities. Kelsey Mills, a member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) was selected as the winner of the Senior Award for Leadership; Shreye Jogendra Saxena, a member of the ECE department, was selected as the winner of the Senior Award for Citizenship and Service; Adriano Bellotti, a member of the joint NC State/UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was the winner of the Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement; and Kathleen (Katie) Wassell was selected as the winner of the Senior Award for Humanities.

The University of North Carolina—Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) has recently announced that Kathryn Smith, who completed her bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 2013 and is now enrolled in the electrical engineering doctoral program, is one of three UNC Charlotte students to win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2015. Smith is the university’s first electrical engineering NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her advisor is Dr. Ryan Adams, associate chair, undergraduate coordinator and associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Mr. Robert Powell, College of Engineering, and seven other faculty members at North Carolina A&T State University have been honored for their outstanding teaching with the university’s 2015 Outstanding Teaching Awards.
Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova has been named the Senior Researcher of the Year at North Carolina A&T State University. She is an economist specializing in environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics and conservation policies in agriculture.
This year’s Research Excellence Award winners include:
Outstanding Young Investigators (tie):
Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, Department of Nanoengineering; and Dr. Manoj K. Jha, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Rookie of the Year
Dr. Ali Karimoddini, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Intellectual Property Awards
Dr. Ellie H. Fini, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; and Dr. Jianmei Yu, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Amanda Randles, a pioneer in using supercomputers to gain insight into biomedical challenges, will join Duke University’s Biomedical Engineering Department on July 1, 2015. Bringing with her computer models of how blood, particles and cells travel through our veins and arteries, Randles will work with Duke Medicine physicians to identify the best ways to treat patients with ailments like aneurysms, cancer and coronary artery disease on a case-by-case basis. She graduated from Duke University with dual bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics. She also earned a master’s degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.


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