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Annually, the College of Graduate Studies sponsors graduate student awards for excellence in research and teaching. Acknowledging graduate students for their accomplishments is an important part of providing a rewarding academic experience. The College of Graduate Studies offers these awards annually to recognize our outstanding graduate students in a variety of categories:

  • Outstanding Dissertation (completed dissertation in Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021)
  • Outstanding Master’s Thesis (completed thesis in Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021)
  • Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant (for GTAs who are not instructors of record, but provide teaching support under the direction of a lead teacher)
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching (for instructors of record)

Information, such as eligibility and application requirements, for each award is located at the following site:

Faculty should submit their nominations to their department’s graduate coordinator by Thursday, January 14th, 2022 at 5:00 PM or an earlier deadline set by the department. Afterwards, each CECS department will advance up to one nomination per category to the CECS Academic Affairs Office (attention: Heather Houser) no later than 12 PM, on Friday, January 15th, 2022.

It is up to each CECS department to best determine how to select its nominee in each category. The CECS Awards Committee will review the nominations from the departments and select the CECS nominee in each category. The applications for the CECS nominees will be forwarded to the Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. At the university level, the Graduate Council will review the applications from the colleges and make recommendations to the Vice President for Research and Dean of CGS, who will make the final selections and notify award winners. Each university-wide award winner will receive a certificate and a cash award of $1,500.

For each of the categories listed above (Outstanding Dissertation, Outstanding Master’s Thesis, GTA Award, Graduate Student Teaching), the list below archives the CECS nominees. For nominees that were selected as the university-wide winners, their names are highlighted by **.

Outstanding Dissertation

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2020

N/A

2019

N/A

2018

Dr. Jared Church, Environmental Engineering Ph.D. (2439163) ELECTROCHEMICAL MICROSENSORS FOR IN SITU MONITORING OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS IN ENGINEERED AND NATURAL AQUATIC SYSTEMS /p>

2017

Dr. Khurram Soomro, Computer Science Ph.D. (3153229) ONLINE, SUPERVISED AND UNSUPERVISED ACTION LOCALIZATION IN VIDEOS

2016

**Dr. Afshin Dehghan, Computer Science Ph.D. (3155216) GLOBAL DATA ASSOCIATION FOR MULTIPLE PEDESTRIAN TRACKING

2015

**Dr. Juneyoung Park, Civil Engineering Ph.D., (3349427) EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF CRASH MODIFICATION FACTORS AND FUNCTIONS FOR SINGLE AND MULTIPLE TREATMENTS

2014

Dr. He Shen, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D., (2961706) BIO-INSPIRED ATTITUDE CONTROL OF MICRO AIR VEHICLES USING RICH INFORMATION FROM AIRFLOW SENSORS

2013

Dr. Cuncong Zhong, Computer Science PhD, (2222308) COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR COMPARATIVE NON-CODING RNA ANALYSIS: FROM STRUCTURAL MOTIF IDENTIFICATION TO GENOME-WIDE FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION

2012

**Dr. Abhishek Saha, Mechanical Engineering PhD, (2435648) EVAPORATION, PRECIPITATION DYNAMICS AND INSTABILITY OF ACOUSTICALLY LEVITATED FUNCTIONAL DROPLETS

2011

**Dr. Haitham Bahaitham, Industrial Engineering, PhD, (2158215) A FRAMEWORK FOR QUANTIFYING SUSTAINABILITY OF LEAN INPLEMENTATION IN HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

2010

Dr. Ehsan Yakhshi-Tafti, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, PhD (1948312) THERMALLY-INDUCED MOTION OF DROPLETS ON A THIN LIQUID LAYER AND ITS APPLICATION TO DROPLET MANIPULATION PLATFORMS

Outstanding Master’s Thesis

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2020

N/A

2019

N/A

2018

Kamol Chandra Roy, Civil Engineering MS (4147120) UNDERSTANDING CRISIS COMMUNICATION AND MOBILITY RESILIENCE DURING DISASTERS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

2017

**Firat Irmak, Aerospace Engineering MSAE (3235325) A FLEXIBLE PHYSICS-BASED LIFING METHOD FOR METALS UNDER CREEP AND THERMOMECHANICAL FATIGUE

2016

**Christian Garcia, Aerospace Engineering MSAE (2773657) GEOLOCATION OF DISEASED LEAVES IN STRAWBERRY ORCHARDS FOR A CUSTOM-DESIGNED OCTOROTOR

2015

**Jared Church, Environmental Engineering MS (2439163) DISHWASHING WATER RECYCLING SYSTEM AND RELATED WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR MILITARY USE

2014

Erica R. LaBerge, Environmental Engineering MS (2533430) STUDY OF THE FORMATION AND CONTROL OF DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS ORIGINATING FROM A SURFACE WATER SUPPLY ON THE VOLCANIC ISLAND OF GUAM

2013

**Steven M. Kraft, Mechanical Engineering MS (1796935) THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE EFFECTS OF STRESS CONCENTRATIONS ON THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF A MICRONIC WOVEN WIRE MESH

2012

**Ashley Ewh, Materials Science & Engineering MS (1794461) EFFECTS OF ALLOTROPIC TRANSFORMATIONS ON INTERDIFFUSION BEHAVIOR IN BINARY SYSTEMS

2011

**Zhao Wang, Electrical Engineering MS (2450712) NONLINEAR ESTIMATION AND CONTROL FOR ASSISTIVE ROBOTS

2010

Carson Slabaugh, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (1581061) HEAT TRANSFER AUGMENTATION IN A NARROW RECTANGULAR DUCT WITH DIMPLES APPLIED TO A SINGLE WALL

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2020

N/A

2019

N/A

2018

Burak Sen, Civil Engineering Ph.D. (3967893)

2017

Arup Kumar Ghosh, Computer Science Ph.D. (2463277)

2016

**Honorable Mention**Arup Kumar Ghosh, Computer Science Ph.D. (2463277)

2015

**Soheil Salehi Mobarakeh, Computer Engineering Ph.D. (3666214)

2014

Muamer Ali Abuzwidah, Civil Engineering Ph.D. (2943643)

2013

Wilawan Onkham, Industrial Engineering Ph.D. (2635003)

2012

Catherine Kammerer, Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. (3234719)

2011

**Andrea Cumming, Environmental Engineering Ph.D. (1906249)

2010

Chowdhury K. A. Siddiqui, Ph.D., Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, (2424497)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching

(Selected university wide winners are highlighted by **)

2020

N/A

2019

N/A

2018

Pankaj Pramod Kulkarni, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. (3949598)

2017

No nominee

2016

No nominee

2015

Mohamed Awwad, Industrial Engineering Ph.D. (3336864)

2014

Stephanie C. Bolyard, Environmental Engineering PhD (1441430)

2013

Catherine Kammerer, Materials Science and Engineering PhD (3234719)

2012

Saeed Hadian Niasar, Civil Engineering PhD (2974060)

2011

Jonathan Cazalas, Computer Science Ph.D. (0859963)

2010

Mohamed Ahmed, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering PhD , (2466345)