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Clean-energy developer Adewuyi, other faculty honored with 2014 Research Excellence Awards

A nationally recognized pioneer in clean-energy development has been named Senior Researcher of the Year at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Over a career of more than 25 years, Dr. Yusuf “Debo” Adewuyi has skillfully fused chemical engineering and environmental science to explore new dimensions of energy production, including the use of nanoscale materials and sound-wave technology for pollution control.

Dr. Adewuyi is one of five individual researchers and one research team selected this year for N.C. A&T’s highest research honor, the Research Excellence Awards. In addition to Dr. Adewuyi, the honorees are:

  • Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science, Outstanding Junior Researcher;
  • Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Department of Business Education, and Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, co-winners of the Rookie of the Year award;
  • Dr. Salil Desai, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Intellectual Property Award; and
  • The NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, Interdisciplinary Team Award.

They were chosen from a field consisting of faculty members selected as researchers of the year by their colleges and schools. The winners and nominees will be honored Friday April 11 at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence.

Details on the winners follow the jump.

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Academic units name 14 top researchers for 2014, first stage in Research Excellence Awards process

Fourteen top faculty members have been named researchers of the year by their colleges and schools at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. All are automatically nominated for the university’s top research honors, the annual Research Excellence Awards.

The honorees are a diverse group, representing 13 academic disciplines in seven colleges and schools, including the Department of Nanoengineering of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The one department with multiple nominees this year is the Department of Computer Science.

In addition, one interdisciplinary project was nominated for the Research Team Award.

The Research Excellence Awards will be presented at a dinner on Friday April 11 in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center on campus.

This year’s nominees:

Senior Researcher of the Year

  • College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Yuh-Lang Lin, Department of Physics
  • College of Engineering: Dr. Yusuf Adewuyi, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: Dr. Lijun Wang, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design
  • School of Business and Economics: Dr. Lemuria Carter, Department of Accounting
  • School of Education: Dr. Phoebe Butler-Ajibade, Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies

Outstanding Junior Researcher Award

  • College of Engineering: Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science
  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: Dr. Jenora Waterman, Department of Animal Sciences
  • School of Education: Dr. Nichole Smith, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Rookie of the Year Award

  • College of Engineering: Dr. Kaushik Roy, Department of Computer Science
  • Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering: Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Department of Nanoengineering
  • School of Business and Economics: Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Department of Business Education
  • School of Technology: Dr. Mahour Mellat-Parast, Department of Applied Engineering Technology

Intellectual Property Award

  • College of Engineering: Dr. Salil Desai, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: Dr. Shengmin Sang, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies

Research Team Award

  • Nominated by the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business and Economics: NSF CREST Bioenergy Center

A&T Research Excellence Award nominations open

Group photo: the 2013 winners

The 2013 Research Excellence Award winners: (top row, left to right) Dr. Justin Zhan, Dr. Paula Faulkner, Dr. Osei-Agyeman Yeboah, Dr. Lifeng Zhang, and (front row, left to right) Dr. Inez Tuck, Dr. Kelly Graves, Dr. Rosalyn Lang-Walker, and Dr. Schenita Davis Randolph.

North Carolina A&T’s most outstanding researchers are recognized each April with the Research Excellence Awards.  For 2014 there again are five categories:

  • Senior Research of the Year: Recognizing outstanding research and/or creative activity by tenured faculty members who have been at the university at least three years.
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher of the Year: Honoring tenure-track faculty members in at least their third year of service at A&T and who are currently involved in research and show promise of making a significant contribution to their field.
  • Rookie of the Year: Recognizing the work of a tenure-track faculty member in his or her second year of service at N.C. A&T.
  • Intellectual Property Award: Recognizing researchers’ work to disseminate, commercialize or publish intellectual property created in the course of their research or creative activity.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Award: Honoring research projects that break down the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.

Deadlines and key dates:

  • Departments must submit all nominees to to colleges and schools by close of business Monday February 24, 2014.
  • Colleges and schools must submit all of their nominees to the Division of Research and Economic Development by close of business Monday March 3.
  • Winners will be announced Tuesday, April 1.
  • Winners will be recognized at the Research Excellence Awards dinner  on Friday April 11.

Click here for details, including eligibility, guidelines, and nomination forms.

Research Excellence Award nominations open

North Carolina A&T’s most outstanding researchers are recognized each April with the Research Excellence Awards.  For 2013 there again are five categories:

  • Senior Research of the Year: Recognizing outstanding research and/or creative activity by tenured faculty members who have been at the university at least three years.
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher of the Year: Honoring tenure-track faculty members in at least their third year of service at A&T and who are currently involved in research and show promise of making a significant contribution to their field.
  • Rookie of the Year: Recognizing the work of a tenure-track faculty member in his or her second year of service at N.C. A&T.
  • Intellectual Property Award: Recognizing researchers’ work to disseminate, commercialize or publish intellectual property created in the course of their research or creative activity.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Award: Honoring research projects that break down the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.

Deadlines and key dates:

  • Departments must submit all nominees to to colleges and schools by close of business, Thursday January 24, 2013.
  • Colleges and schools must submit all of their nominees to the Division of Research and Economic Development by close of business, Thursday, February 7.
  • Winners will be announced Monday, April 1.
  • Winners will be recognized at the Research Excellence Awards luncheon on Thursday April 4.

Eligibility and guidelines

2012 Research Excellence Award winners

Drs. Aravamudhan, Bililign, Kelkar, Mohan, Fini and Kumar

2012 Research Excellence Award winners (from left) Shyam Aravamudhan, Solomon Bililign, Ajit Kelkar, Ram Mohan, Ellie Fini, and Dhananjay Kumar.

Five outstanding faculty researchers and an interdisciplinary team were honored Wednesday with Research Excellence Awards at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

This year marked the establishment of two new awards – the Interdisciplinary Team Award and the Intellectual Property Award.

These two categories reflect trends that are dramatically changing the work of university researchers, said Dr. Celestine Ntuen, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development.

“Interdisciplinary work is critical to success in today’s world of emerging and converging technologies,” he said.  “And intellectual property is now one of the most important elements of a university’s research enterprise.  It’s a key to our ability to have a positive, meaningful impact on the economic development of our community and our state.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Senior Researcher of the Year (tie): Dr. Dhananjay Kumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Dr. Ram Mohan, Department of Nanoengineering.
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher: Dr. Ellie Fini, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.
  • Rookie of the Year: Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, Department of Nanoengineering.
  • Intellectual Property Award: Dr. Ajit Kelkar, Department of Nanoengineering.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Award: NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center, Dr. Solomon Bililign, director.

(For more information on their accomplishments, see the long version of this post.)

The winners were selected by the Research Excellence Awards Committee, a group of five faculty members appointed by Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr.   The nominees are the winners of the research awards in the colleges and schools.

This year’s nominees

Senior Researcher of the Year:

  • Dr. Luba Kurkalova, School of Business and Economics
  • Dr. Stephanie Lusk, School of Education
  • Dr. Musibau Shofoluwe, School of Technology

Outstanding Junior Researcher:

  • Dr. Lemuria Carter, School of Business and Finance
  • Dr. Yevgeniy Rastigeyev, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Shengmin Sang, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Qing-An Zeng, School of Technology

Rookie of the Year:

  • Dr. Narayan Bhattarai, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Kathryn Kisska-Schultze, School of Business and Economics

Intellectual Property Award:

  • Dr. Kelly Graves, School of Education
  • Dr. Mitchell Henke, School of Technology

Interdisciplinary Team Award:

  • The NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, director
  • The Economic Geography of Water and Agricultural Resources, Dr. Mark Burkey, director.

2012 Research Award nominees announced

Seventeen outstanding faculty members at N.C. A&T and three interdisciplinary teams have been nominated for the university’s 2012 Research Excellence Awards.

The awards honor top researchers at all levels of faculty.  This year’s program adds two new awards, for interdisciplinary team research and for intellectual property. The annual program is now in its 13th year.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday April 18 at the Research Excellence Awards luncheon on campus.

The nominees are all winners of the research awards in their school or college.  This year’s nominees are:

Senior Researcher of the Year

  • Dr. Dhananjay Kumar, College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Finance;
  • Dr. Stephanie Lusk, School of Education, Department of Human Development and Services;
  • Dr. Ram Mohan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Department of Nanoengineering; and
  • Dr. Musibau Shofoluwe, School of Technology, Department of Construction Management and Occupational Safety and Health.

Outstanding Junior Researcher

  • Dr. Lemuria Carter, School of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting;
  • Dr. Ellie Fini, College of Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering;
  • Dr. Yevgeniy Rastigeyev, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics;
  • Dr. Shengmin Sang, School of Agriculture, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Center of Excellence for Post-Harvest Technologies; and
  • Dr. Qing-An Zeng, School of Technology, Department of Electronics, Computer and Information Technology.

Rookie of the Year

  • Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Department of Nanoengineering;
  • Dr. Narayan Bhattarai, College of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering;
  • Dr. Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management.

Interdisciplinary Team

  • The Economic Geography of Water and Agricultural Resources, Dr. Mark Burkey, team leader;
  • NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative Science Center (CSC), Dr. Solomon Bililign, team leader; and
  • NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, team leader.

Intellectual Property

  • Dr. Kelly Graves, School of Education, Department of Human Development and Services, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness.
  • Dr. Mitchell Henke, School of Technology, Department of Graphic Systems and Technological Studies, Folded Sheets of Material for Use as a Structural Member and Assembly Thereof.
  • Dr. Ajit Kelkar and Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Department of Nanoengineering, Novel Carbon Nanofibers, Yarns and Weaves from Electrospinning and Their Innovative Composite.

The selection committee for the awards is appointed by the chancellor.  This year’s committee consists of Dr. Shanthi Iyer, Department of Nanoengineering, chair; Dr. Anthony Graham, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Kofi Obeng, Department of Economics and Finance; and Dr. Guoqing Tang, Department of Mathematics.

For a list of all previous Research Excellence Award winners, see the N.C. A&T Division of Research and Economic Development website.

Research Week 2012 schedule announced

2011 Research Award winners Dr. Fini, Dr. Li, and Dr. Worku

2011 Research Award winners Dr. Ellie Fini, Dr. Zhichao Li, and Dr. Millie Worku

The work of outstanding faculty members, undergraduate researchers and freshman innovators will be recognized during Research Week 2012 next month.

The events also will feature a graduate-student panel discussion and a morning focused on the university’s role in applied research. Keynote speakers will include Mr. Theodore Wood, intellectual property attorney in Washington, D.C., and graduate of N.C. A&T; Mr. Robert Bennett, CEO of US Green Energy Corp.; Dr. Solomon Bililign, professor of physics and director of the NOAA ISET CRC; and Dr. Shirley Hyman-Parker, associate dean for research in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The full agenda is here.  Highlights:

Innovation and Applied Research Day

  • Friday April 13
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410
  • Corporate panel: The University’s Role in Innovation and Applied Research
  • Lunch speaker: Mr. Robert Bennett, US Green Energy

Undergraduate Research Day

  • Monday April 16
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410
  • Undergraduate poster presentations
  • Lunch speaker: Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, Associate Dean for Research, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Graduate Research Day

  • Tuesday April 17
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410
  • Graduate student panel discussion
  • Lunch speaker: Dr. Solomon Bililign, Professor, Department of Physics; Director, NOAA ISET CRC

Research Excellence Day

  • Wednesday April 18
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alumni-Foundation Event Center
  • Research Excellence Awards luncheon, noon
  • Keynote speaker, Mr. Theodore Wood, Esquire, Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox PLLC, Washington, DC