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2012 faculty and staff awards

At an April 24, 2012, celebration in the Mechanical Engineering Building, the College of Engineering will recognize outstanding faculty and staff whose service and contributions extend from the college to the world. Each recipient of the College of Engineering annual awards receives privately funded stipends and permanent recognition on a plaque in Engineering Hall. Award recipients are chosen by peers. Faculty and staff awards are announced every year during Spring Appreciation Day.

Dante Fratta
The Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dante Fratta

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Geological Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Dante Fratta’s colleagues use such adjectives as enthusiastic, engaging, exceptional and innovative to describe his approach to teaching. His excellence as an instructor and mentor reverberate through every interaction with every student. BIO »

Paul F. Nealey
The Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication
Paul F. Nealey

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Over the past decade, Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Paul Nealey has made seminal advances in nanolithography that have spawned a revolution in both the semiconductor device and hard disk drive manufacturing industries.
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Dan Negrut
The Harvey Spangler Award for Technology-enhanced Instruction
Dan Negrut

Mechanical Engineering

In 2008, anticipating a greater need for access to high-performance computing and an increasing demand for large-scale modeling and simulation, Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Dan Negrut created a course specifically to give students hands-on experience with supercomputing clusters. BIO »

Lynn J. Neis
The Classified Staff Distinguished Achievement Award
Lynn J. Neis

Materials Science and Engineering

In her many years of service to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Neis has expanded her skills and contributions, not only as a result of an explosion in office technology, but in response to the evolving needs of the department’s faculty, staff and students.
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Philip R. O'Leary
The Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award
Philip R. O'Leary

Engineering Professional Development

 “Many people spend their lives trying to make the world a better place,” says Middleton teacher Michael Jones. “Phil O’Leary can honestly say he achieved this by actively helping our children, our university and our state reach new heights through his tireless efforts with Camp Badger.” BIO »

 

Kumar Sridharan
The Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award
Kumar Sridharan
Engineering Physics

As a testament to the global impact of Engineering Physics Distinguished Research Professor Kumar Sridharan’s research, letters in support of him came not only from collaborators in Madison, but also from from the nation and around the world. BIO »


Robert J. Witt
The James G. Woodburn Award for Excellence in Teaching
Robert J. Witt

Engineering Physics

Witt challenges his students to prepare for — and deal with — ambiguity and incomplete information. He lays the groundwork to help his students excel not only as engineers, but as lifelong learners. BIO »