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Faculty honors
Luis Amaral, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, participated in a National Institutes of Health symposium on systems biology.

In September José Andrade, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, attended the National Academy of Engineering's 2008 Frontiers of Engineering symposium in Albuquerque.

Zdenek Bazant, Walter P. Murphy Professor in civil and environmental engineering and in materials science and engineering and McCormick School Professor, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Fabián E. Bustamante, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the E. T. S. Walton Award from the Science Foundation of Ireland.

Yan Chen, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was a distinguished lecturer at Intelligent Automation Inc. in June 2008.

David Chopp, associate professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics, was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence.

Alok Choudhary, professor and chair of electrical engineering and computer science, led a team that finished in the top 10 in the KDD Cup Challenge, which involves early detection of breast cancer using data mining.

Vinayak Dravid, professor of materials science and engineering, received the Richard M. Fulrath Award from the American Ceramic Society.

A paper titled "Precipitation evolution in Al-Zr and Al-Zr-Ti alloys during aging at 450–600 degrees Celsius" by David Dunand, James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in materials science and engineering, and David Seidman, Walter P. Murphy Professor in materials science and engineering, was ranked ninth among the 25 hottest articles for the first quarter of 2008 in Acta Materialia, a materials science journal.

Horacio Espinosa, professor of mechanical engineering, received the B. J. Lazan Award from the Society for Experi-men-tal Mechanics in recognition of his contributions to the field of experimental nanomechanics.

Kimberly Gray, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of chemical and biological engineering, was one of 19 Leopold Leadership Fellows for 2008.

Matthew Grayson, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Abraham Haddad, Henry and Isabelle Dever Professor in electrical engineering and computer science, attended the International Federation of Automatic Control 17th World Congress in South Korea, where he received the IFAC Fellow Award.

Mitra Hartmann, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and of mechanical engineering, attended the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering symposium in Albuquerque in September.

HLB, the firm of Walter Herbst, clinical professor of mechanical engineering, received a Gold Award at the 2008 Industrial Design Excellence Awards for Smith & Nephew's Journey Bi Cruciate Artificial Knee System.

Dean Ho, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, gave a plenary lecture at the 34th annual Fullerene and Nanotube Research Society Symposium in Nagoya, Japan. He also received an Early Career Award for Translational Research from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Yonggang Huang, Joseph Cummings Professor in civil and environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering, received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Prem Kumar, AT&T Professor of Information Technology in electrical engineering and computer science, received a Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society of the IEEE.

Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was named a 2008 Narus Research Fellow and received an NSF CAREER award.

Lincoln Lauhon, assistant professor in materials science and engineering and Morris E. Fine Professor in Materials and Manufacturing, received a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

Paul Leonardi, assistant professor of industrial engi-neering and management sciences and Breed Junior Professor of Design, received the Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award from the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management and the Outstanding Published Paper Award from the Com-munication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association.

Gokhan Memik
, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and Lisa Wissner-Silvka and Benjamin Slivka Junior Professor in Computer Science, received an NSF CAREER award.

Barry Nelson, professor and chair of industrial engineering and management sciences and Charles Deering Professor of Teaching Excellence, gave a keynote address at the IIE Conference in Vancouver in May 2008. Also, his 1991 paper, with David Goldsman and Bruce Schmeiser, on methods for selecting the best system was named one of 10 "landmark papers" from the first 40 years of the Winter Simulation Conference.

Don Norman, Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in Design, was appointed to the advisory committee for the NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. He was also reappointed to the Motorola Visionary Board for 2008.

Julio M. Ottino, dean of the McCormick School, McCormick Institute Professor, Walter P. Murphy Professor, and professor of chemical and biological engineering and of mechanical engineering, was named one of the "100 Engineers of the Modern Era" by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also received the 2008 Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society.

Aaron Packman, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

David Seidman, Walter P. Murphy Professor in materials science and engineering, received the David Turnbull Lecturer Award from the Materials Research Society.

Surendra Shah, Walter P. Murphy Professor in civil and environmental engineering, received an Award of Excellence from the Office of the Cook County Treasurer and was elected to the Indian National Academy.

Randy Snurr, professor of chemical and biological engineering, published a paper, "Applicability of the BET Method for Determining Surface Areas of Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks," that was named a "Hot Paper" by the American Chemical Society.

Allen Taflove, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received a Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Horace Yuen, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the 2008 Quantum Electronics Award from the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society of the IEEE.

Hai Zhou, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received a Technical Leadership Award from the ACM SIGDA Special Interest Group on Design Automation at the Design Automation Conference in Anaheim in June 2008.

In memoriam
Alexander (Sasha) Golovin, associate professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics, died of cancer September 10. His research was in the area of nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation. His work focused on nonequilibrium systems such as systems with phase change, physico-chemical hydrodynamics, reaction-diffusion systems, and electrochemical systems. "Sasha was an outstanding applied mathematician with an international reputation," said Michael Miksis, professor and chair of engineering sciences and applied mathematics. "He was a wonderful friend and colleague and one of the best graduate advisers that I have known — he was always willing to give his time to his students."

John Edward Jacobs, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died in July.

Carl R. Kannewurf, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, died August 26.