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Faculty Awards & Honors

Recent Recognition

  • Jan Achenbach won the A. K. Rao Memorial Award from the Indian Society of Non-Destructive Testing.
  •  Zdeněk Bažant received the ASME Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Freudenthal Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has recently been elected the Royal Society of London, the Engineering Academy of Japan, the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Athens.
  • Cate Brinson received the Nadai Medal in materials engineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Jian Cao was elected a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering. She is one of only 15 fellows in the United States.
  • Ed Colgate was named an IEEE fellow.
  • Isaac Daniel received the Medal of Excellence, the highest award given by the American Society of Composites.
  • Horacio Espinosa received the Prager Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, the Murray Medal, the highest honor from the Society of Experimental Mechanics, the Thurston Lecture Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and was named foreign member of Academic Europaea and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Elizabeth Gerber received the IEEE Computer Society’s Undergraduate Teaching Award and was named to Crain’s list of 40 under 40.
  • Yonggang Huang received the Nadai Medal (2016) and Thurston Lecture Award (2019) from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Prager Medal (2017) from the Society of Engineering Sciences; and Bazant Medal (2018) and von Karman Medal (2019) from American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Elmer Lewis received the 2014 Wigner Reactor Physicist Award from the American Nuclear Society.
  • Wing Kam Liu received the 2014 grand prize from the Japan Society of Computational Engineering.
  • Todd Murphey was selected to join the 2014-15 DARPA Defense Science Study Group (DSSG). Past DSSG members from mechanical engineering include Cate Brinson, Kevin Lynch, Neelesh Patankar, and Mitra Hartmann.
  • Michael Peshkin created Mako Surgical, a surgical robotics company that grew out of Northwestern technology. He sold Mako Technology to Stryker in September 2013 for $1.65 billion.
  • John Rudnicki received the 2014 Engineering Science Medal from the Society of Engineering Science. He is also a Fellow of ARMA (American Rock Mechanics Association)
  • Jane Wang received the Captain Alfred E. Hunt Memorial Best Paper Award.