Engineering Faculty, Staff Receive Achievement Awards

Friday, May 17, 2013

The College of Engineering held its annual awards ceremony and reception May 16 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

Engineering faculty and staff members were recognized in several award categories.  They were:

Yong Chen, associate professor, mechanical and industrial engineering and researcher, Center of Computer-Aided Design, Faculty Excellence Award for Service.

Keri Hornbuckle, professor, civil and environmental engineering, associate dean for academic programs, professor, occupational and environmental health, faculty research engineer, IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, and researcher, Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, Faculty Excellence Award for Research.

Mona Garvin, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, and Sarah Vigmostad, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, faculty assistant research engineer, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching.

Jianming Yang, associate research scientist, IIHR, Staff Excellence Award for Research.

Dan Ceynar, engineer II, IIHR/Iowa Flood Center, Staff Excellence Award for Service.

Sarah Williams, manager, engineering help desk, Engineering Computer Services, Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence Award.

Five Year Service Awards were presented to Kimberly Farrell, Tim Marler, Andrew Taylor, Meiji Zhang, Jenni Rumping, Dina Blanc, Kathy Kern, Travis Wendling, Scott Hanson, Brandon Barquist, Dingfei Hu, Doug Schnoebelen, and Greg Wagner.

Ten Year Service Awards went to Barbara Booth and Carlton Richey.

A Fifteen Year Service Award was presented to Joel Steele.

Twenty Year Service Awards were given to Matt McLaughlin and Judy Holland.

A Thirty-five Year Service Award was presented to Doug Eltoft.

The awards reception concluded with the induction of the late Dr. Enzo Macagno into the college’s Legacy of Iowa Engineering.  The Legacy of Iowa Engineering is dedicated to faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who made exceptional historical contributions toward advancing the college in teaching, research, or service – who helped shape the College into what it is today.

Enzo Macagno joined the globally renowned group of hydraulics researchers at Iowa in 1956, and helped transform the field in numerous ways.  He extended the studies into the realm of biofluids.  He worked to expand mechanics and hydraulics education into his native Latin America.  And he produced numerous original publications on the history of fluid mechanics.  Collaborating with his wife, Matilde, Enzo Macagno translated, analyzed, and synthesized da Vinci’s flow concepts, and integrated his da Vinci investigations into the classroom.  He will be long remembered for creating a fusion of technology and art.

Delivering induction remarks were Larry Weber, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of IIHR, and Virginia Myers, professor emeritus of art and art history and a close friend of the Macagno family.