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Faculty honors
Jan Achenbach,
Walter P. Murphy Professor and Distinguished McCormick School Professor in mechanical engineering, civil and environ-mental engineering, and engineering sciences and applied mathematics, was elected a member-at-large of the Inter-national Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Luís Amaral, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been appointed an Early Career Scientist by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. With his expertise in computer-based modeling and support from the institute, Amaral wants to build the "Google Maps" of cellular organization — inter-active maps of complex biological networks to help guide those working in molecular biology. He is one of 50 scientists from 33 institutions across the United States selected for the honor. He will become a full-time employee of the institute for six years while retaining his affiliation with Northwestern. This year Amaral also delivered a keynote talk at the Networks and Neuroscience Symposium at Cambridge University.

Guillermo Ameer
, associate professor of biomedical engineering, was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dan Apley
, associate professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, has been named editor in chief of the Journal of Quality Technology.

Zdenek Bazant
, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor in civil and environmental engineering and in materials science and engineering, received the Outstanding Contributions Award from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geo-mechanics and was selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Nadai and Wilhelm Exner Medals. He has also been elected foreign corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (Real Academia de Ingenieriá). He gave the plenary lecture at CONCREEP8 and the semi-plenary lecture at WCCM8.

Linda Broadbelt
, professor of chemical and biological engineering, received the 2008 Mentorship Award, sponsored by the Women's Initiatives Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Fabián E. Bustamante
, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, became a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest computing society.

Jian Cao
, professor of mechanical engineering, was appointed to the board of directors of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and became chair of the ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division.

Isaac Daniel
, Walter P. Murphy Professor in civil and environmental engineering, won the best paper award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics for "Thermomechanical Enhancement of Fiber Composites with Carbon Nanoparticles," coauthored with research associate Jeong-Min Cho.

David Dunand
, James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in materials science and engineering, won the Minerals Metals and Materials Society 2008 Structural Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/
Engineering Award.

Horacio Espinosa
, professor of mechanical engineering, was elected a fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

Morris Fine
, Walter P. Murphy and Technological Institute Professor Emeritus in materials science and engineering in service, and Semyon Vaynman, research professor in materials science and engineering, have won the TMS 2009 Application to Practice Award for their work on steel development and implementation.

Ken Forbus
, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, gave a keynote speech at the Australasian Interactive Entertainment 2008 conference in Brisbane in December.

Emmanuel Gdoutos
, research associate of civil and environmental engineering, was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea, and a fellow of the European Structural Integrity Society. He also received an award of merit from the European Structural Integrity Society.

Jason Hartline
, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project titled "Mechanism Design."

Dean Ho
, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, served as guest editor of the Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation's special issue on nanobiotechnology and was named the journal's editor in chief. He was awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project titled "Scalable Fabrication of Nanodiamond Patch Platforms for Sustained Drug Release."

Yonggang Huang
, Joseph Cummings Professor in civil and environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering, gave the Nowinski Lecture at the University of Delaware.

Aggelos Katsaggelos
, Ameritech Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was the distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in December. He was also elected a fellow of the SPIE.

Prem Kumar
, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and physics and AT&T Professor of Information Technology, delivered a distinguished lecture sponsored by the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society at the Time and Frequency Division of the National Research Council. He also was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Harold Kung
, professor of chemical and biological engineering, delivered a keynote lecture at the 14th International Congress on Catalysis.

Lincoln Lauhon
, assistant professor in materials science and engineering and Morris E. Fine Professor in Materials and Manufacturing, has been appointed a Kavli fellow by the Kavli Foundation.

Tobin Marks
, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected an honorary fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India and a fellow of the Materials Research Society.

Chad Mirkin, professor of biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, and materials science and engineering, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He received the 2008 Biomedical Engineering Society's Distinguished Achievement Award, the Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Havinga Medal 2009 from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He also received the 2009 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award for his contributions to the field of analytical chemistry through the development of nanoparticle-based biodetection strategies, the invention of dip-pen nanolithography, and contributions in supramolecular chemistry.

Teri Odom
, associate professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering, will receive the 2009 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society.

Monica Olvera de la Cruz
, professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biological engineering, was appointed vice chair of the Solid State Sciences Committee of the National Academies.

Thrasos Pappas
, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the technical program cochair for the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing.

Peter Scheuermann
, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was elected a fellow of the AAAS.

Surendra Shah
, Walter P. Murphy Professor in civil and environmental engineering, became a member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He also gave the keynote address at the 50th Brazilian Concrete Congress (IBRACON 2008).

Selim Shahriar
, professor of electrical engineering and com-puter science, was elected a fellow of the SPIE.

A paper by Lonnie Shea, professor of chemical and biological engineering, (written with Teresa Woodruff, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine) published in Tissue Engineering in 2006 was identified as having the highest impact in the field over the last two to three years. It was also was named top reproductive biology article over the past five years.

Karen Smilowitz
, William A. Patterson Junior Professor of Transportation and associate professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, was invited to participate in a National Academy of Engineering Workshop on Engineering, Social Justice, and Sustainable Community Development.

Sam Stupp
, Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, and Medicine and director of the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine, received the 2009 Israel Pollack Distinguished Lecture Series Award from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion–
Israel Institute of Technology. He also received an honorary membership in the Israel Chemical Society and was named a fellow of the Materials Research Society.

Jeff Thomas
, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was awarded the Brunauer Award for the best paper published by the American Ceramic Society in the area of cements at the Materials Science and Technology conference.