Engineering Faculty and Staff Honored at Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The annual College of Engineering Faculty/Staff Recognition ceremony was held May 12.

Six faculty and staff members received Engineering Excellence Awards for their individual contributions to research, teaching, service, staff research and staff excellence.

The six honored by interim dean Alec Scranton are A. Allen Bradley, Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching; Julie Jessop, Faculty Excellence Award for Service; Christoph Beckermann, Faculty Excellence Award for Research; Timothy Marler, Collegiate Staff Research Award; Deborah Hampton, Collegiate Staff Award for Community Engagement; and Natalie Potter, Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence Award.

Bradley, professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty research engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. He has taught courses across the engineering curriculum, including upper level courses, required major courses, and engineering core courses. By the second week of classes, he knows the names and faces of students in his classes, an impressive accomplishment when considering that EPS I has over 200 students in multiple lecture and lab sections. One student wrote, "Professor Bradley…is genuinely concerned whether students understand the material presented and will take time out of his day to sit down with you and help you."

Jessop, associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, received the Faculty Excellence Award for Service. Jessop has served on departmental, collegiate, community outreach, and professional committees. She has been very active in the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials, including secretary (2005-07), member of the strategic planning committee (2006-07); vice chair (2008), chair-elect (2009) and chair (2010).

Beckermann, UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and established leader in the area of Solidification Processing, received the Faculty Excellence Award for Research. He is a pioneer in the use of computer models for the production of castings of a wide variety of alloys, including steel. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Sir Humphrey Davy Scientific Merit Award from the American Foundry Society, the Thomas E. Barlow Award of Honor from the Steel Founders' Society of American and the Bruce Chalmers Award from the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

Marler, associate research scientist at the University of Iowa and the senior research scientist at the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program, received the Staff Excellence Award for Research. Marler serves as the project manager for a variety of efforts, including program manager for externally funded programs, and coordinator for research efforts. His general research interests include multi-objective optimization, game theory, fuzzy function theory, and human modeling. Specifically, he works on developing predictive optimization-based human modeling capabilities and developing new methods and techniques for multi-objective optimization.

Hampton of the Center for Computer-Aided Design is a project assistant and serves as the Engineering Research Facility building coordinator. The Staff Excellence Award for Community Service, a new award this year, honors Hampton who is active in many service organizations at the university of community levels. She has served on the UI Council on the Status of Women and the Engineering Staff Advisory Council. She is also active in the Coats for Children Campaign. the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and in her church serving as Sunday School teacher and elder.

Potter, program assistant, was awarded the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence Award. Potter makes lasting impression in both her collegiate roles. She is support staff in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, serving faculty and students with a positive attitude and smile that impresses all who enter the office. She also supports underrepresented students through Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering.

Seventeen staff members received longevity awards. Serving the college for five years:

Manivannan Kandasamy, IIHR
Andrew Craig, IIHR
Steven Beck, Center for Computer-Aided Design
Chris Murphy, Center for Computer-Aided Design
William Easton, Computer Systems Support

Serving the college for ten years:

Lorena Lovetinsky, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Philip E. Jordan, Student Development Center
Bart Brown, Center of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Collin Just, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Scott Coffel, Hanson Center for Technical Communication

Serving the college for 15 years

Marian V. Muste, IIHR
Thomas Barnhart, Engineering Electronics Shop

Serving the college for 20 years:

Sheila Britton, Computer Systems Support

Serving the college of 25 years:

Christopher Fomon, David Funk and Susan Beckett, all of Computer Systems Support