Honors and awards

Burt named Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

Brian Burt, assistant professor in the School of Education, received a 2016 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. The fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

Flint earns DOE early career award

Rebecca Flint, assistant professor of physics and associate in the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, was awarded the DOE’s Early Career Research Program award. Flint is one of only 44 scientists across the nation to receive the award. Flint, a condensed matter theorist, will receive $750,000 over a five-year period for her work on “Exotic Kondo Phases: the non-Kramers Doniach phase diagram.” Her research will explore new, “theoretically motivated ways to generate new phases with exotic phenomena realizable in real materials.”


Jiles named Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

David Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering, is among the new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales in 2016. LSW Fellows are distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions. 

Tesfagiorgis receives AAUDE service award

Gebre Tesfagiorgis, director of institutional research, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE). The award recognizes Tesfagiorgis' service to the association.

Rajala receives national engineer of the year award

Sarah Rajala, dean of the College of Engineering, has been named national engineer of the year by the American Association of Engineering Societies, which represents 17 multidisciplinary engineering societies from industry, government and academia. The AAES national engineer of the year award recognizes Rajala’s outstanding service in three key areas: inspirational leadership at the institutional, national and international levels; innovations in engineering education and assessment; and  her tireless efforts to promote diversity in the engineering field.

Wiegand receives national public works award

Paul Wiegand, director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications program for the Institute for Transportation, was named one of 10 "Public Works Leaders of the Year" by the American Public Works Association. The award recognizes leaders with a professional history that's dedicated to "sustaining the structures that form the foundation of our communities."

Learning communities program honors exemplary mentors

ISU's learning communities program honored 20 student peer mentors and 10 peer mentor supervisors during a recognition ceremony on March 30. The peer mentors and mentor supervisors were recognized for setting positive examples for learning community students and their support of the university's academic goals.

Nolan receives distinguished alumni award

Dr.  Lisa Nolan, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The award recognizes service to the college and the veterinary profession.

Gransberg receives ASCE Construction Management Award

Douglas Gransberg, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, recently accepted the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Management Award. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of construction management as a practitioner, educator or researcher.

ISU named to Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll

Iowa State has been selected as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016 Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing excellence in recruitment and support of community college transfer students. ISU is one of only 40 institutions to receive the honor. Schools will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention on April 7.

Bugeja named JMC administrator of the year

Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, has been named the 2015 Charles E. Scripps Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. The award is given in collaboration with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Stanley receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Levi Stanley, assistant professor of chemistry, has been named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar.The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. Outstanding candidates are admitted to the ranks of Cottrell Scholars through a stringent peer-review process based on their innovative research proposals and education programs.

Bookstore receives performance awards from national assocation

The University Book Store in the Memorial Union received the Excellence in Course Materials Management Award and the MVP Award for Overall Outstanding Performance for 2014-15 from the Independent College Bookstore Association. The bookstore was recognized for implementing several initiatives aimed at making course materials more affordable for students while controlling its expenses.

Kelly named to 'rising stars' list

Dan Kelly, an assistant operations manager for ISU Dining, has been named to the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars by the Institute for Supply Management. The program highlights the accomplishments of rising supply chain management professionals, who were nominated for their outstanding achievements by managers, mentors or coworkers.

Kostelnick receives award for excellence in research

Charlie Kostelnick, professor of English, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Society for Technical Communication’s Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research.The award honors research that has made positive, significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching. It rewards a lifetime of quality research in the field, a single high-quality empirical study or a set of related high-quality studies. 

Sundararajan named ASME Fellow

Sriram Sundararajan, a mechanical engineering professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The title of “Fellow” is awarded to 2.5 percent of ASME members. ASME cited Sundararajan’s selection because he is “an outstanding researcher and dedicated mechanical engineering educator.” 

Shimkat appointed to SEC advisory group

Lisa Shimkat, state director of the Small Business Development Center, headquartered in the ISU Research Park, will serve on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's advisory committee on small and emerging companies. Her term continues through September 2017.

LAS scientists receive NSF's highest honor

Rebecca Flint, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and Amanda Weinstein, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, have both been awarded CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award to support junior faculty who effectively integrate research and education within the mission of their organization.

Wintersteen honored by ag society

Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Wendy Wintersteen has received the Distinguished Service to Iowa Agriculture Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Wintersteen was recognized for leading the growth of undergraduate education at ISU, serving the state as an extension specialist and being a "champion" for students, faculty and staff in the college and for the state's agricultural industry. Wintersteen will donate the $250 cash award to the college's Floyd Andre Scholarship for Excellence in Industry.

Martin wins Fulbright Scholar Grant to India

Chris Martin, associate professor of art and visual culture, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2016-2017 to study traditional craft forms in India and develop collaborative relationships with Indian artisans. The Core Fulbright Global Scholar Program sends 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals to more than 125 countries each year to teach and conduct research in a wide variety of fields. The program awards 52 grants annually for faculty research in India. Martin will spend five months in Ahmedabad, the largest city and former capital of Gujarat, India, from August through December. 

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