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2011 faculty awards
Congratulations to the following 2011 SCU School of Engineering Faculty Award Winners!
A brief presentation of our faculty awards will be made at the beginning of our E-Week Event:
Researcher of the Year Award: Yuling Yan, Program Director, Bioengineering
Dr. Yuling Yan was selected for this honor because of her impressive research and publication accomplishments throughout her career, and especially since joining Santa Clara University in 2008. At SCU she has supervised one post-doctorate student and numerous master's and undergraduate students, while accomplishing an impressive record of publication and externally-funded research projects. In addition to publishing in the leading journals of her field, she has organized two conferences that have been held at Santa Clara and is on the way toward receiving her fourth patent. We commend Dr. Yan for these accomplishments and look forward to her activities in the coming years.
Award for Teaching Excellence: Frank Barone, Interim Chair, Department of Engineering Management and Leadership
In nominating Frank Barone for this award, students praised him as a great professor and mentor throughout their graduate program in Engineering Management and Leadership. Frank's classes are immediately applicable to the real world and his industry experience and wisdom add tremendous value to his classes. Students also noted that he truly cares about them and ensures that they have a good experience in class. Aside from bringing excellence to the classroom, Frank has also contributed significantly in revising and improving the Engineering Management and Leadership curriculum and the overall quality of the program. Frank's dedication to excellence in teaching exemplifies the tenets of a Jesuit education.
Adjunct Lecturer of the Year: Nhan Nguyen, Mechanical Engineering
Nhan Nguyen is a leading adaptive control researcher at NASA. Since 2006, he has taught one to three classes per year at the graduate level and in advanced topics, consistently earning high marks on his teaching evaluations for his organization, lecture notes, examples, homework, and also for this willingness to answer questions and his dedication to advancing student learning. As the author of 90 research papers, including 14 journal articles and 4 book chapters, Nhan is well qualified to present material based on his own research knowledge, facilitating student understanding and eliminating the need for textbooks in most courses. In addition, he has set up and maintained course web sites hosting course materials for all the courses he has taught since 2006.
Gerald E. Markle Award for Teaching Excellence: Sergio Zarantonello, Applied Mathematics
Sergio Zarantonello's career spans more than forty years in academia and industry. He is presently Chief Executive Officer for Algorithmica LLC ("Algorithmica"), a new startup focused on the application of computational mathematics in the earth sciences. With more than thirty peer-reviewed articles in the professional literature, and having served as Principal Investigator on several DOE and NSF funded research projects, he has been active in the professional forum as a speaker, organizer, and chair of nation-wide conferences and workshops. Sergio joined the adjunct faculty of the School of Engineering in 1991 where, concurrent with his work in industry, he has regularly taught graduate level courses in applied mathematics. His dedication to the tenets of Jesuit education made him the obvious choice for this award that recognizes excellent teaching.