Graduates Recognized at Ceremony

Sunday, May 18, 2008

[A few members fo the Class of 2008]



The
University of Kansas School of Engineering honored its graduates at a
recognition ceremony, Sunday, May 18, 2008.



  • Brett



  • Michael



  • Kaitlyn



  • Heather



  • Adam



  • Adam



  • David



  • Laura



  • Amanda




  • Five
    faculty members also received awards during the event.





    Javier Guzman,

    assistant
    professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, was selected by students to
    receive the Gould Award for Undergraduate Education. The award provides $4,000 for the
    recipient. Students wrote that Guzman brings an enthusiasm and energy to his
    class that demonstrates his passion for education.

     

    His classroom examples help students solidify
    the concepts and assist with homework.

     

    Guzman is given credit for how deeply he integrates the textbook into
    the course.

     






    Michael Detamore,

    assistant
    professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, was selected to receive the
    Gould Award for Outstanding Advisor. The award provides $4,000 for the
    recipient. Students wrote that Detamore steps beyond the usual boundaries of
    adviser to help any student who comes seeking guidance.

     

    He has been heavily involved in the creation
    of the student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

     

    Detamore also has helped students pursue
    graduate study opportunities, navigate the application process and celebrate
    their successes.





    Shannon
    Blunt,

    assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science was
    selected by a faculty committee to receive the Miller Professional Development
    Award for Research.

     

    The award provides
    $4,000 for the recipient. Blunt joined the university in 2005 and his funding
    awards stand at nearly $2 million. This year, Blunt was selected to receive the
    prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award.
    In addition, he is a prolific author, writing numerous journal and conference
    papers.


    [Assistant Professor Xue-Wen Chen]




    Xue-Wen
    Chen,

    assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was
    selected by a faculty committee to receive the Miller Professional Development
    Award for Service. The award provides $4,000 for the recipient. Chen has built
    an impressive record of service to both national and international
    organizations. Among his many activities since joining the university in 2003,
    are chairing or co-chairing two conferences and four workshops in his field of
    bioinformatics and machine learning. He also serves on the editorial board of four
    international journals and has served as a panelist for the National Science
    Foundation.





    Lorin
    Maletsky,

    associate professor of mechanical engineering, was selected by a
    faculty committee to receive the John E. Sharp and Winifred E. Sharp Teaching
    Professorship. The award lasts three years and includes an annual personal
    award of $5,000 plus access to $5,000 annually for instructional development.
    Maletsky has been active in improving the educational program in the Department
    of Mechanical Engineering by incorporating improved design, manufacturing and
    laboratory experiences. He has developed special advising programs for the KU
    Honors Program. He also has worked to bring additional grant funding to the
    department to update laboratory facilities and equipment. Moreover, Maletsky
    has brought modern communication channels in the classroom, utilizing blogs,
    wikis and podcasts in his introductory design class.



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    More than 275 students at the graduate and undergraduate level earned
    the right to take part in the ceremony held at the Lied Center
    for the Performing Arts.




    During
    the ceremony, 10 undergraduate students were honored as the outstanding
    graduating senior in their degree program. One of these students, Kaitlyn Kelly,
    a senior in chemical engineering, was named the recipient of the Sammie and
    Carl Locke Award for outstanding graduating senior in the School of Engineering
    in 2008.


    [Several of the outstanding seniors for 2008 gather before the recognition ceremony.}



    The
    outstanding graduating seniors for 2008 are:




    • James


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