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New faculty

Dirk Brockmann, associate professor, engineering sciences and applied mathematics

Noshir Contractor, Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, industrial engineering and management sciences

Lance Fortnow, professor, electrical engineering and computer science

Jason Hartline, assistant professor, electrical engineering and computer science

Jiaxing Huang, assistant professor, materials science and engineering

Yonggang Huang, Joseph Cummings Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Derk Joester, assistant professor, materials science and engineering

Diego Klabjan, associate professor, industrial engineering and management sciences

Paul Leonardi, Breed Junior Professor of Design and assistant professor, industrial engineering and management sciences

John Linehan, professor, biomedical engineering

Chang Liu, professor, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science

Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation, civil and environmental engineering

Justin Notestein, assistant professor, chemical and biological engineering

Cheng Sun, assistant professor, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science

Igal Szleifer, Christina Enroth-Cugell Professor in Biomedical Engineering


Faculty honors

José Andrade, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, won the 2006 Zienkiewicz Prize from the Institute of Civil Engineers (Britain) for his paper "Capturing strain localization in dense sands with random density."

Zdenek Bazant, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and professor or materials science and engineering, presented the plenary opening lecture at the European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS) Thematic Conference on Mechanics of Heterogeneous Materials at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He also presented plenary opening lectures at the sixth Hellenic Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics International Congress of Mechanics held at the University of Patras, Greece; SEMC 2007, the Third International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Computation in Cape Town, South Africa; and the inaugural conference of the newly formed Taiwan Concrete Institute. Baz˘ant was also elected to the European Academy of Science of Sciences and Arts, based in Salzburg.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) honored Ted Belytschko, McCormick School Professor, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and professor of civil and environmental engineering, by naming its applied mechanics award the ASME Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Division Award.

Justine Cassell, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and AT&T Research Professor in communications studies, has been awarded a Women of Vision Award from the Anita Borg Institute for Women. She was elected a fellow of the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, joined the editorial board of the International Journal of Learning and Media, and presented the plenary lecture at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Social Behavior.

Bob Chang, Walter P. Murphy Professor in materials science and engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, was elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society.

Ed Colgate, Pentair–Eugene and Bonnie V. Nugent Teaching Professor in mechanical engineering, gave the keynote address at the 2007 Association for Computing Machinery Virtual Reality Science and Technology Conference. He was also named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Haptics.

Isaac Daniel, Walter P. Murphy Professor in civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering, was elected a fellow of the American Society for Composites.

Pablo Durango-Cohen, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and his student Pattharin Sarutipand won the Young Author Prize at the World Conference for Transport Research in Berkeley, California.

Horacio Espinosa, professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2008 Lazan Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics and the 2007 Young Investigator Medal from the Society of Engineering Science. He gave a plenary lecture at the International Conference on Experimental Mechanics in Greece.

Kathy Faber, Walter P. Murphy Professor in materials science and engineering, presented the plenary lecture at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Korean Ceramic Society in Seoul.

Rich Finno, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named Civil Engineer of the Year by the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ken Forbus, Walter P. Murphy Professor in electrical engineering and computer science, gave a keynote talk at the SPIE meeting on "Quantum Communications Realized."

Lance Fortnow, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was elected a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Bob Fourer, professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, was named editor of the INFORMS Journal on Computing for Modeling: Methods and Analysis.

Abe Haddad, Henry and Isabelle Dever Professor in electrical engineering and computer science, was appointed to a three-year term as visiting professor at the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan.

Dean Ho, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, delivered a keynote presentation at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Nanomedicine International Conference and received a V Foundation for Cancer Research Award.

Tito Homem-de-Mello, associate professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, received the 2007 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Best Paper Prize.

Aggelos Katsaggelos, Ameritech Professor of Information Technology in electrical engineering and computer science, was the plenary speaker at the Symposium on Signal and Image Processing and Computer Vision in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Ray Krizek, Stanley F. Pepper Professor of Engineering in civil and environmental engineering, was inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame of the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Prem Kumar, AT&T Professor of Information Technology in electrical engineering and computer science, gave an opening keynote talk at the SPIE.

Harold Kung, professor of chemical and biological engineering, was recognized by Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science and health information, as one of the 50 most-cited authors in catalysis for two separate papers. He also gave a keynote lecture at the 20th North American Catalysis Society Meeting.

John Linehan, professor of biomedical engineering, was appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Science Board.

Wing Kam Liu, Walter P. Murphy Professor in mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering, received the Robert Thurston Lecture Award from the ASME. He was appointed to the newly developed ASME Chair of the Nanotechnology Council.

Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation in civil and environmental engineering, was elected an emeritus member of the Transportation Network Modeling Committee of the Transportation Research Board.

Phil Messersmith, associate professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering, gave the keynote lecture at the Ninth Annual Conference on Surface Science of Biologically Important Interfaces in Manchester, England.

William M. Miller, professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been named North American editor of the Biochemical Engineering Journal.

Brian Moran, professor and chair of mechanical engineering, was elected secretary of the Society of Engineering Science.

Don Norman, Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor of Design in electrical engineering and computer science, gave keynote speeches at the 2007 Brand ManageCamp conference, the Forrester Research Technology Leadership Forum, and the 2007 Healthcare Design Conference and presented the Nissan Distinguished Keynote Lecture at the Fourth International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design in Stevenson, Washington. He also became codirector of the MMM Program.

Greg Olson, professor of materials science and engineering, gave the China Distinguished Materials Scientist Lecture in Beijing.

Monica Olvera de la Cruz, professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biological engineering, and Graziano Vernizzi, research assistant professor of materials science and engineering, received the 2007 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Julio M. Ottino, dean, Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Professor, and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was invited to give the Pirkey Centennial Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor in electrical engineering and computer science, was elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society.

John Rudnicki, professor of civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering, gave the Maurice A. Biot Lecture at Columbia University. He was also elected chair of the Department of Energy's Geosciences Council.

Mary Silber, professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics, was elected to the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Council.

Julia Weertman, Walter P. Murphy Professor Emerita of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America in 2008.

William J. White, professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, wrote a December 2007 article for the Wall Street Journal about the career strategy of taking a "demotion" to ultimately move ahead to an even better job.