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From the beginning of the semester until the end, faculty and students in the Statler College took home the hardware, winning accolades for teaching, advising and scholarship.
Melissa Morris, teaching associate professor and academic advisor for Fundamentals of Engineering, was named a recipient of the North Central Section Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Society of Engineering Education. The award recognizes teachers of engineering students who exhibit outstanding classroom performance and serves as an incentive for educators to make further significant contributions to their profession. She was also named the Statler College’s Advisor of the Year.
Michelle Poland, academic success program coordinator and academic advisor for Fundamentals of Engineering, was named the College’s Advisor of the Year.
Gary Winn, professor and coordinator of occupational safety and health, received the 2018 William Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award from the American Society of Safety Engineers. The award recognizes educators who show the highest level of achievement in occupational safety and health teaching, scholarship and professional service as part of ASSE. Winn has been a member of the organization for 25 years.
Kenneth Means, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was named the recipient of the 2018 Heebink Award for Distinguished Service to West Virginia. The Heebink Award is given to a faculty or staff member who has “used the unique resources of the University” and their own professional expertise to provide an educational or public service activity to the citizens of the state. Since 2001, Means, a member of the Governor’s Energy Task Force, has worked on the Projects With Industry program, leading teams of WVU mechanical engineering students tasked with evaluating state industries, schools and other entities to assess and improve efficiency and productivity. Student participants provide a free service and gain practical experience in engineering design.
Peter Gall, teaching assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named the College’s Teacher of the Year.
Andrew Nix, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A member of ASME for 24 years, Nix was selected for his contributions to the organization’s International Gas Turbine Institute. As an executive member of IGTI’s Aircraft Engine Committee for more nearly 10 years, Nix has held various leadership positions including point contact, vice chair, chairman, intermediate past chair and most recently director. He is also a member of IGTI’s Heat Transfer Committee, where he currently serves as chairman of the honors and awards subcommittee and previously held the position of vanguard chair for Heat Transfer Tutorials for three years. ASME is a global engineering society comprised of more than 130,000 members in more than 151 countries. Less than 4,000 members have achieved ASME Fellow status.
Edward Sabolsky, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Fernando Lima, assistant professor of chemical engineering, were awarded the 2018 Faculty Award for Distinction in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College, the award recognize, rewards and encourages faculty members who mentor undergraduate students in research and creative endeavors. The award applies rigorous criteria in identifying faculty who specifically mentor undergraduates in making an original intellectual or creative contribution to their discipline. Lima and Sabolsky each received a monetary award to be used toward their continued support of undergraduate research.
John Zondlo, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, was awarded the Nicholas Evans Award for Excellence in Advising. Zondlo advises nearly 100 students while serving as a faculty advisor for multiple department and College organizations. The annual award, established by the Office of the Provost, is given in honor of Nicholas Evans, a lifelong proponent of the importance of undergraduate advising at WVU. Recipients receive $1,250 in professional development support.
Stefanos Papanikolaou, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was named the College’s Researcher of the Year/Junior.
Antar Jutla, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named the College’s Researcher of the Year/Senior.
Future engineers Ashley Eby, Jenna Soltesz, Jackie Arnold, Hunter Moore, Louis “Jay” Latta, Ethan Weaver, Heath Cottrill, Jacob Hise, Ian McKnight, Shamil Patel, Jamie Higgins and Murad Hamirani were among the 20 students selected for the Neil S. Bucklew Scholarship. Named after WVU’s 20th president, the scholarship is valued at $40,000 and provides recipients with more than $10,000 per year over four years to be used toward educational costs. All Bucklew Scholars qualified for the Honors College at WVU, and the scholarship can be used in addition to the state’s PROMISE Scholarship.
Eby, Cottrill and Patel were also named WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards. To qualify, students must meet a rigorous set of criteria, including possessing a minimum GPA of 3.8, achieving a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or the equivalent SAT score and being residents of West Virginia. More than 230 high school students initially applied for the scholarship, and of those, 20 were invited to campus for interviews. The value of the Foundation Scholarship, when paired with the PROMISE Scholarship, is more than $90,000 over four years.
A trio of engineering students swept the Student Additive Manufacturing Contest that was held during the 2018 Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition. The grand prize of $500 was awarded to Logan Melvin, a mechanical engineering major from Weirton, whose structure supported 105 pounds before failing. Aerospace engineering majors Jacob Winokur (Chesapeake, Virginia) and Brenden Guthrie (Charleston), were awarded $300 and $200 for second and third place, respectively. Their dominating performance marked the first appearance of WVU students in the SAMPE contest.
Tanner Filben and Anna Gilpin were awarded Order of Augusta, WVU’s most prestigious student honor.
Filben, from Glen Dale, graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in computer science. He was the assistant executive director of the Mountaineer Maniacs, a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a former intern to the director for athletics of the Student Government Association. Also a biomedical engineer, Gilpin, from Martinsburg, was the vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, associate editor for the Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review and former executive director for recruitment and retention for the Student Government Association. Megan Barthelmess, Cassidy Bland, Alyssa Diehl, Lindsay Elliot, Yacine Feliachi, Ahmed Haque, Nicole Hegele, Jason Horvath and Morgan King were among 41 students named Outstanding Seniors.
Gilpin was also named a Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation. Gilpin is pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University, intending to work in the research and development of biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications.
Morgan King, who graduated in May with a degree in civil engineering, was selected to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, enables students to study, teach or conduct research while increasing mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. She will pursue an independent project outside of her English teaching assignment in Madrid, Spain, that will promote the intersection of science and policy. She was also part of a team that won the European External Action Service’s 2018 Schuman Challenge, the second edition of a foreign policy contest for undergraduate students held in Washington, D.C. King and her partner, Garrett Burgess, were tasked with formulating, presenting and defending concrete initiatives and measures for transatlantic cooperation to ensure a sustainable reduction in tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
Will Howard and Nicholas Strogen were selected to participate in National Science Foundation-funded summer research fellowships with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Howard, of Morgantown, conducted research on adapting the current LTE standard for emergency use — making sure that when we most need them, our cellular communications systems work at NIST facilities in Colorado. Strogen, a Bridgeport native, headed to Maryland, where he conducted impact testing research for football players, investigating topics such as concussion protocol. Home to three Nobel Prize winners, NIST is one of the leading research organizations in the world.
Industrial engineering alumnus George Bennett joined the likes of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Hazel Ruby McQuain, Sen. Jennings Randolph, John Chambers, James “Buck” Harless and Jack Fleming when he was inducted in to the Order of Vandalia, the highest honor for service to the University. Bennett is a successful entrepreneur who has shared his expertise with the federal government and supported organizations such as the National Youth Science Foundation and Urban Improv to give children a brighter future. He is a member of the Alumni Association’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame. Bennett was recognized by the WVU Foundation with its Outstanding Philanthropist Award in 2015. He currently serves as the chairman and CEO of Good Measures, LLC, which provides personalized health and nutritional recommendations as well as diabetes prevention and management support programs to its clients.