Third Annual CEAS Night Honors the College’s Key Players

By: Liz Daubenmire

The UC College of Engineering and Applied Science recognized its distinguished faculty, staff and students last night during the third annual CEAS Night at 5/3 Bank Arena.

The 2014-15 Engineers of the Month and the Faculty & Staff Award Winners accompanied by CEAS Dean Teik C. Lim, The Cincinnati Business Courier Publisher Jamie Smith, and CEAS Academic Director Anne Hoehn on center court.

The 2014-15 Engineers of the Month and the Faculty & Staff Award Winners accompanied by CEAS Dean Teik C. Lim, The Cincinnati Business Courier Publisher Jamie Smith, and CEAS Academic Director Anne Hoehn on center court.

The UC College of Engineering and Applied Science is a leading research institute, revolutionizing education, technology, and academic- industry partnerships.  Once a year, the College rallies together to celebrate the great successes of CEAS.

February 25th, 2015, as the UC Bearcats took on UCF Knights, several contributors to the college enjoyed an evening of great food, great fun, and most importantly, a big win on behalf of the Bearcats. 

Engineers of the Month, Sophia Mitchell, aerospace engineering; Keith Schlater, architecture technology and construction management; Lauren Schultz, mechanical engineering; Stephen Higgins, aerospace engineering; Rachel Schwind, mechanical engineering; Jeff Nainanparmpil, computer science; Emily Condra, biomedical engineering; Patrick Grivin, mechanical engineering; Elisabeth Martin, civil engineering; Jason Fischer, civil engineering; Bridget Crowley, architectural engineering; and Matthew Morgann, construction management, took center court as the outstanding representatives of each department, and of the college as a whole.

Dean Teik C. Lim speaking to honored guests at the pregame dinner.

Dean Teik C. Lim speaking to honored guests at the pregame dinner.

These students exhibit the highest level of excellence through their coursework, community service, and contributions within their co-op placements.  As Dean Lim summed up his remarks, he said, “These Engineers of the Month are our future.  They are the individuals who will produce the next greatest technology, and help those who came before them to live better lives because of the advancements in technology they are destined to make.” 

And the award goes to…

Also joining center court last night, were the 2015 Faculty and Staff Award Winners.  These individuals excel in research, teaching, and pivotal support of the college.  

Several award winners received recognition during the pre-game dinner provided by Chef David in the Faculty Club.  The evening proceeded in award season fashion, as Dean Lim made a special effort to individually recognize each of the esteemed faculty.

The award winners for Distinguished Researcher included, Anastasios Angelopoulos, PhD, chemical engineering; Kelly Cohen, PhD, aerospace engineering; Junhang Dong, PhD, biomedical engineering; Milind Jog, PhD, mechanical engineering; Mark Schulz, PhD, mechanical engineering; Jason Shearn, PhD, biomedical engineering; Bahram Shahrooz, PhD, civil engineering; and Heng Wei, PhD civil engineering.  

Other awards included, the individual Research Award given to Donglu Shi, PhD, mechanical engineering and the Research Award for Young Faculty winner, Jong Guen Lee, aerospace engineering.

Dean Teik C. Lim with Jamie Smith, Publisher of the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Dean Teik C. Lim with Jamie Smith, Publisher of the Cincinnati Business Courier.

The Master Educators recognized at CEAS Night included, Joo-Youp Lee, PhD, biomedical engineering; Mingming Lu, PhD, biomedical engineering; Kathleen Ossman, PhD, engineering education; Joni Torsella, PhD, engineering education, as well as Kumar Vemaganti, PhD, mechanical engineering, and  Bruce Walker, ScD, aerospace engineering.

Finally, the Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award went to Kathleen Ossman, PhD.  The Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award for Young Faculty was awarded to Jeffrey Kastner, PhD, engineering education.  The McCormick Distinguished Staff Award, was rightfully awarded to Kayla Ritter.

The night’s list of honored attendees also included the CEAS Alumni Board including, Tom Vinciguerra, Ralph Dusing, Sean McCabe, Alexandra Ramachandran, Steve Crowley, Doug Grosse, Dallas Horn, and Brad Sheppard.

As Dean Lim acknowledged key players in the college, he said, “This College is like a stool.  With one leg, it would fall.  With two legs, it would wobble, but with three strong supports the stool is stable and functional. Those three legs are made up of faculty, staff, and students alike.  Your contributions to the College allow CEAS to produce groundbreaking research, innovative teaching methods, and wonderful influence within our industry partners.

The Dean closed his remarks by thanking the evening’s generous donor and valuable partner to CEAS- the Cincinnati Business Courier.

CEAS continues to strive for higher quality education, research, and stronger industry partnerships.  Last night’s chance for the college to shine was only a small glimpse of the incredible work done by the students, staff, and faculty of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

 

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