Santa Clara University


2010 Faculty Awards

Congratulations to the following 2010 SCU School of Engineering Faculty Award Winners!

Presentation of our faculty awards will be made during our E-Week Speaker Series Event:
January 11, 2011
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Awards Presentation and Keynote Address
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Social Hour

Information and RSVP here.

Researcher of the Year Award: Aaron Melman, Lecturer, Applied Mathematics

Aaron Melman 
Dr. Melman’s scholarship focuses on numerical analysis and linear algebra. In the last year, he has published four articles, with a fifth accepted for publication but not yet in print, in (among others) the top-tier peer-reviewed journals Linear and Multilinear Algebra and the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, as well as the widely-read Mathematics Magazine. With more than 33 peer-reviewed articles accepted or published, more than half in the last decade, Prof. Melman’s scholarly contribution to the field of mathematics is remarkable and the School of Engineering applauds his passionate pursuit of research.


Award for Teaching Excellence: Reynaud Serrette, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Reynaud Serrette 

For 20 years, Dr. Serrette has been treasured not only for his contributions to the field of performance-based seismic resistant design of light frame structures, but also for his commitment to teaching excellence. Students praise his intelligence, varied teaching techniques, and dedication to the Jesuit ideal of educating “the whole person.” His willingness to help students develop the real life analytical skills that allow them to advance their careers, and his expertise in conveying technical concepts are exemplary. One student said, “I know that for the rest of my career I will use Professor Serrette as a mentor and will always remember the lessons he has taught me and the values an engineer should possess.” Prof. Serrette's web page


Adjunct Lecturer of the Year: Michael Thorburn, Electrical Engineering

Michael Thorburn 
As Engineering Director of Antenna Subsystems at Space Systems Loral, Dr. Thorburn brings a wealth of industry experience along with a passion for teaching to his position as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, making him a valuable contributor to his department and to the School of Engineering. Students praise his relevant, well-organized material and his willingness to meet outside of scheduled class hours. Faculty colleagues laud his exceptional commitment of time and effort in the classroom, his assistance with curriculum enhancement, and his doctoral committee participation. Dr. Thorburn’s interest in the field of renewable energy has fueled the School’s programs in sustainable energy.


Gerald E. Markle Award: Warren Garrison, Applied Mathematics

Warren Garrison 
Students of Dr. Gerry Markle, the founding chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics at Santa Clara, have established this award to honor his memory by recognizing excellent teaching. This year's recipient, Warren Garrison, carries on in the fine Markle tradition. His students praise the clarity of his lectures and his willingness to meet with them outside class. Since 1986 he has enjoyed teaching more than a dozen different courses in the department. Prof. Garrison worked in the aerospace industry for many years, mainly with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, achieving the position of Senior Research Engineer. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in applied mathematics from Santa Clara..

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