2014 Faculty Award Recipients

Esther Farfel Award

The Esther Farfel Award was established in 1979 as the University of Houston’s highest faculty award. To receive it, a professor must demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service.

dmitri litvinov

Dmitri Litvinov

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Dmitri Litvinov is a world-renowned expert in nanomagnetic devices and materials for use in information technology and bioengineering. Currently, he holds joint appointments in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Applied Physics from the famed Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, he earned a Masters in Physics from the University of Miami followed by his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He started his career at Seagate Technology's Research and Development Center working on advanced magnetic storage technologies. He joined the University of Houston in 2003 as an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering after a distinguished career at Seagate.

An exceptionally creative and original thinker dedicated to his profession, Litvinov is recognized as a prolific inventor with 26 issued patents. He was elected as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors for his contributions to the development of magnetic recording technologies. He currently directs the world-class university-wide UH Nanofabrication Facility.

To his field of study Litvinov has contributed over 120 published articles in peer-reviewed journals, a textbook and several book chapters, and delivered numerous conference presentations annually. He has served as the Editor, Guest Editor, and Associate Editor of several peer-reviewed journals including the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Materials Research Society Bulletin and as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Nanotechnology, Science and Applications.

Known for his commitment to student mentorship, Dr. Litvinov was asked to take over the Material Engineering program in 2011 to improve and enhance program outcomes. More recently, Dr. Litvinov was invited to serve on the Government Relations Advisory Committee (GRAC) of the Council of Graduate Schools, a national organization dedicated to the promotion of graduate education in the United States.

Professor Litvinov's record of teaching, research and service at the University of Houston earned him a John and Rebecca Moores Professorship and in 2013 the Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. In 2014, Professor Litvinov was called to serve as the university Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.

John and Rebecca Moores Professorship

This five year renewable professorship is given to faculty who are outstanding in teaching, research, and service.

Kevin Bassler Gangbing Song

Kevin Bassler

Physics

Gangbing Song

Mechanical Engineering

Teaching Excellence Awards:

The Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) recognize the achievements of faculty over eight categories: Teaching Excellence, Provost Core, Instructor/Clinical, Community Engagement, Graduate Teaching, Group Teaching, Career, and Distinguished Leadership in Teaching.

TEA: Teaching Excellence

This award is given to faculty in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching.

Rupa Iyer Shuhab Khan

Rupa Iyer

Engineering Technology

Shuhab Khan

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Mo Li

William Ott

Mo Li

Civil and Environmental Engineering

William Ott

Mathematics

Robert Stewart Jerry Waite

Robert Stewart

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Jerry Waite

Information and Logistics Technology

Jack Young

Jokubas Ziburkus

Jack Young

Theatre and Dance

Jokūbas Žiburkus

Biology and Biochemistry

TEA: Provost's Core

This award is given to faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching in the Core Curriculum.

Jeremy Bailey Barry Lefer

Jeremy D. Bailey

Political Science

Barry Lefer

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

TEA: Instructor / Clinical

This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers.

Diana De La Rosa-Pohl Rebecca George

Diana De La Rosa-Pohl

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rebecca George

Mathematics

Mequaning Ablel Moges Hesam Panahi

Mequanint Ablel Moges

Engineering Technology

Hesam Panahi

Decision and Information Sciences

Gary Richardson

Gary Richardson

Information and Logistics Technology

TEA: Community Engagement

This award is given to faculty who involve students in service to the community through service learning activities or community engagement.

Padhmalatha Segu

Padhmalatha Segu

Optometry

TEA: Graduate Teaching Assistant

This award is given to graduate students in recognition of outstanding teaching.

George Poncy Katherine Ramos

George Poncy

Educational Psychology

Katherine Ramos

Educational Psychology

Jiabiao Ruan

Jiabiao Ruan

Mechanical Engineering

TEA: Group Teaching

This award recognizes clusters of faculty in both formal and informal programs who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student success, who have worked together collaboratively to improve student outcomes, and who demonstrate effective and innovative teaching. The award is presented to up to two faculty groups.

GK-12

GK 12 Group Teaching Award

Stuart Long

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pradeep Sharma

Mechanical Engineering

Hanadi Rifai

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Eugene Chiappetta

Curriculum and Instruction

Fritz Claydon

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

teachHouston

teach Houston Group Award

Maria B. Benzon

 Leah McAlister-Shields

Paige K. Evans

Perri F. Segura

TEA: Career

This award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching over the course of his or her faculty career of 20 years or more at the University of Houston.

Randolph Thummel

Randy Thummel

Chemistry

TEA: Distinguished Leadership in Teaching

This award is given to a previous University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award Recipient who in 10 years or more of teaching has made sustained and significant contributions to education.

David Mazella

David Mazella

English

Faculty Awards for Mentoring Undergraduate Research

These awards recognize a demonstrated excellence in supporting undergraduate research efforts and encouraging mentor relationships with undergraduate students. The Early Faculty Award celebrates efforts of junior faculty in the mentoring of undergraduates outside of the classroom. The Lifetime Faculty Award is a career award acknowledging a professor’s exceptional efforts in demonstrating a lasting commitment to undergraduate research.

Early Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Jeffrey Rimer Carla Sharp

Jeffrey D. Rimer

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Carla Sharp

Psychology

Lifetime Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraudate Research

Norma Olvera

Norma E. Olvera

Educational Psychology


Awards for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Two awards at the Assistant Professor rank are presented to those individuals who have demonstrated great potential in research, scholarship, or creative endeavors by the University of Houston Division of Research. Two awards at the Associate Professor rank are presented to those individuals who have established a growing record of outstanding research, scholarship, or creative contributions. Awards at the Full Professor rank are for those who have compiled a substantial continuing record of outstanding research, scholarship, or creative activities and have achieved preeminence in their field.

Assistant Professor Award Recipients

Ognjen Miljanic Jeffrey Rimer

Ognjen Miljanic

Chemistry

Jeffrey Rimer

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Associate Professor Award Recipients

Steven Baldelli

Daniel O'Connor

Steven Baldelli

Chemistry

Daniel O'Connor

Health and Human Performance

Professor Award Recipients

Ramanan Krishnamoorti Venkat Selvamanickam

Ramanan Krishnamoorti

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Venkat Selvamanickam

Mechanical Engineering

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Awards

These awards are given by the University Commission on Women in recognition of faculty schlolarly achievement.

Lisa Alastuey Cecilia Williams

Clinical Award Recipient

Lisa Alastuey

Health and Human Performance

Pre-Tenure Award Recipient

Cecilia Williams

Biology and Biochemistry
Susan Kellogg

Post-Tenure Award Recipient

Susan Kellogg

History