Faculty and staff awards

The college annually honors accomplished faculty and staff.

College of Engineering boasts some of the best faculty and staff in the world! These outstanding individuals regularly earn major national and international honors and recognition for their expertise, achievements and service. You can peruse select news announcements about some of these awards here.

At UW-Madison, the College of Engineering also celebrates its outstanding faculty and staff through several annual awards that publicly recognize their important contributions to our students, our campus, our profession, and our society. While we are pleased to say that, in recent years, we have expanded the number of awards the college bestows, some of these prestigious honors date back several decades and underscore the long tradition of excellence for which our college is known.

Learn about our award recipients

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Recipients by award

Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching

Benjamin Smith Reynolds, manufacturer, was born and educated in Wisconsin. After he and Charles F. Burgess incorporated the Burgess Battery Company in 1917, Reynolds devoted his life to that company, its later affiliates, and the Research Products Corporation. From 1948 until his death in 1954, Reynolds was a member of the university’s Board of Visitors. As a fitting memorial and as a symbol of Reynolds’ belief in the power of new ideas for industry development, this award is presented to the faculty member who contributes most to the instruction of engineering students.

 

Reynolds Award

  • 2015  Roxann L. Engelstad, Stephen P. Timoshenko Professor and Bernard A. and Frances M. Weideman Professor
  • 2014  Susan Hagness, Philip Dunham Reed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2013  Brian Pfleger, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2012  Dante Fratta, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2011  Daniel J. Klingenberg, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2010  Thatcher Root, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2009  Katherine (Trina) McMahon, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2008  Giri Venkataramanan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2007  Frank Fronczak, Professor of Mechanican Engineering
  • 2006  Jay Martin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2005  Martin Zanni, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • 2004  Eric Hellstrom, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2003  John W. Moore, Professor of Chemistry
    and
    Michael J. Smith, Professor of Industrial Engineering
  • 2002  John C. Wright, Professor of Chemistry
  • 2001  Patrick V. Farrell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2000  John H. Booske, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Arthur B. Ellis, Professor of Chemistry
    John G. Webster, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • 1999  Sindo Kou, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
    Wei-Yin Loh, Professor of Statistics
  • 1998  John W. Mitchell, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1997  Willis J. Tompkins, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1996  John C. Strikwerda, Professor of Computer Sciences
  • 1995  James A. Dumesic, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1994  Denice D. Denton, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1993  Sanford A. Klein, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1992  Ralph W. Kiefer, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 1991  Dale F. Rudd, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1990  Ferrel G. Stremler, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • 1989  I. Martin Isaacs, Professor of Mathematics
  • 1988  Edwin N. Lightfoot, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1987  Alois L. Schlack, Jr., Professor of Engineering Mechanics
  • 1986  Allan K. Scidmore, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1985  R. Byron Bird, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1984  Donald W. Novotny, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1983  Charles G. Hill, Jr., Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1982  Ali A. Seireg, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1981  Warren E. Stewart, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1980  James J. Skiles, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1979  Frederick O. Leidel, Professor of General Engineering/Associate Dean
  • 1978  Ralph J. Harker, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1977  George W. Washa, Professor of Engineering Mechanics
  • 1976  Richard N. Dexter, Professor of Physics
  • 1975  Charles C. Watson, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1974  Chu-Kia Wang, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 1973  Edward F. Obert, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1972  George E.P. Box, Professor of Statistics
  • 1971  Kurt F. Wendt, Dean, College of Engineering
  • 1970  Mohamed (Bill) M. El-Wakil, Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • 1969  R. Ralph Benedict, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • 1968  Roger J. Altpeter, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1967  Otto A. Uyehara, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1966  Eldon C. Wagner, Professor of Civil Engineering
  • 1965  Arno T. Lenz, Professor of Civil Engineering
  • 1964  Phillip S. Myers, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1963  Thomas J. Higgins, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • 1962  Gerard A. Rohlich, Professor of Civil Engineering
  • 1961  C. Harvey Sorum, Professor of Chemistry
  • 1960  Vincent C. Rideout, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • 1959  Roland Ragatz, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1958  Jacob Korevaar, Professor of Mathematics
  • 1957  Harold A. Peterson, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • 1956  Raymond J. Roark, Professor of Mechanics
  • 1955  Olaf A. Hougen, Professor of Chemical Engineering

Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award

This award was established to formally recognize the outstanding contributions to the College of Engineering made by members of the academic staff. These staff members make tremendous contributions to the college’s operations, research and teaching efforts.

The award is made possible by a fund established at the UW Foundation in honor of Charlotte and Elroy Bollinger, who dedicated their lives to excellence in education and strongly believed in service. Their fond memories of the University of Wisconsin-Madison attribute this great institution with providing the start to careers of lifelong learning and dedicated service.

Bollinger Academic Staff Award

  • 2015   Kathy Prem, Interim Director, Undergraduate Learning Center, and Associate Director, Engineering Career Services
  • 2014   Haile Berhe, Distinguished Researcher, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies
  • 2013   Janet Fredrick, Senior Administrative Program Specialist, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2012   Kumar Sridharan, Distinguished Research Professor, Engineering Physics
  • 2011   Todd A. Ninman, Senior Information Processing Consultant, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2010   Laura R. Grossenbacher, Associate Faculty Associate and Director, Technical Communication Program
  • 2009   Jeffrey R. Stevens, Senior Broadcast Specialist, Engineering Media Services
  • 2008   Kelly R. Burton, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Graduate Engineering Research Scholars
  • 2007   Ann E. Morris, Director of Transfer Admissions Programs, Engineering General Resources
  • 2006   Donald C. Woolston, Assistant Dean, Engineering General Resources
  • 2005   Glenn R. Bower, Faculty Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2004   Thomas J. Murray, Director Emeritus, Kurt F. Wendt Library
  • 2003   Mark Swandby, Administrator, Department of Engineering Physics
  • 2002   Leonard F. Black, Director, Wisconsin TechSearch, Kurt F. Wendt Library
  • 2001   Donna M. Lewis, Administrator, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2000   Jay M. Samuel, Senior Lecturer, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • 1999   Karen A. Walsh, Director, Engineering Communications Office
  • 1998   Igor N. Sviatoslavsky, Senior Scientist, Department of Engineering Physics
  • 1997   Sandra Shaw Courter, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Engineering Professional Development
  • 1996   Enid R. Simon, Senior Academic Librarian, Kurt F. Wendt Library
  • 1995   Richard J. Casper, Instrumentation Engineer, Materials Science Center
  • 1994   Sandra L. Arnn, Director, Engineering Career Services
  • 1993   Robert F. Perras, Director, Engineering Audiovisual Services
  • 1992   Robert J. Sandberg, Manager, Mechanical Engineering Service Facilities
  • 1991   Richard J. Cashwell, Senior Lecturer, Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
  • 1990   Clayton O. Smith, Assistant Dean of Research
  • 1989   Ednor M. Rowe, Associate Director, Synchrotron Radiation Center

Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication

The Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication was first presented in 1980. The award recipient, who must be a tenured College of Engineering faculty member, is chosen by a faculty committee. The publication may be a research paper or series of related research articles, a patent, or a textbook that has had a profound influence on research. The publication must be more than five years old, and have gained wide acceptance and been influential in the academic or industrial community.

The award is a memorial to Byron Bird. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1912 and a graduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1915. He served as a civil engineering professor at three universities and as a military officer in World Wars I and II. Though he had broad experience as a consulting engineer and as a city engineer, much of his professional career was dedicated to public service as a member of the U.S. Engineers’ Office. He made major contributions to solving water supply problems related to the rapid growth of the Washington, D.C., area.

Byron Bird Award

 

  • 2015  Nicholas L. Abbott, John T. and Magdalen L. Sobota Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Hilldale Professor, and Director, Materials Research and Engineering Center
  • 2014  Manos Mavrikakis, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2013  Sindo Kou, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2012  Paul F. Nealey, Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2011  David E. Foster, Phil and Jean Myers Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2010  Marc A. Anderson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2009  Juan J. de Pablo, Howard Curler Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2008  Rolf D. Reitz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2007  Chang-Beom Eom, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2006  Sanford A. Klein, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2005  James B. Rawlings, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2004  B. Ross Barmish, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2003  James D. Callen, Kerst Professor of Engineering Physics and Physics
  • 2002  James A. Dumesic, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 2001  James E. Smith, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2000  Thomas F. Kuech, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1999  Raymond J. Fonck, Professor of Engineering Physics
  • 1998  Bezalel C. Haimson, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1997  John H. Perepezko, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1996  Stephen M. Robinson, Professor of Industrial Engineering
  • 1995  John R. Conrad, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
  • 1994  Noah L. Hershkowitz, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
  • 1993  David C. Larbalestier, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1992  David S. Malkus, Professor of Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics
  • 1991  Warren E. Stewart, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1990  George E.P. Box, Professor of Industrial Engineering
  • 1989  Max G. Lagally, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1988  Dale F. Rudd, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1987  W. Harmon Ray, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1986  Roger W. Boom, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering
  • 1985  John J. Uicker, Jr., Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1984  Y. Austin Chang, Professor of Metallurgical & Mineral Engineering
  • 1983  W. Robert Marshall, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1982  Henry H. Barschall, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
  • 1981  John A. Duffie, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1981  William A. Beckman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1980  Arthur S. Lodge, Professor of Engineering Mechanics

 

College of Engineering Equity and Diversity Award

This award was established by the college in 2015 to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and recent contributions of COE faculty and staff to advancing and enhancing equity and creating a more diverse and inclusive climate in the college.

Equity and Diversity Award

  • 2015  John Murphy, Engineering Physics
  • 2015  Amy Wendt, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Harvey Spangler Award for Technology-Enhanced Instruction

The growth of technology in teaching has been phenomenal, and continues to change at a rapid pace. The world wide web, educational software development and other advancements have created new paths for sharing knowledge and new modes of interaction for students and teachers. The Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction recognizes how the use of technology can greatly enhance the learning experience for students, making it a crucial part of the instructor’s toolbox. The Harvey Spangler Award for Technology-Enhanced Instruction was first presented in 2005.

Harvey Spangler Award

 

  • 2015  Naomi C. Chesler, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • 2014  Barry VanVeen, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2013  Mike Morrow, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2013  Regina Murphy, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2012  Dan Negrut, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2011  Hussain U. Bahia, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2010  James B. Rawlings, Paul A. Elfers Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2009  Paul Voyles, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2008  James P. Blanchard, Professor of Engineering Physics
  • 2007  Lawrence C. Bank, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2006  Erick L. Oberstar, Assistant Faculty Associate, Mechanical Engineering
  • 2005  Gregory A. Moses, Professor of Engineering Physics

 

James G. Woodburn Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers

Created by the family of civil and environmental engineering alumnus James G. Woodburn, The James G. Woodburn Award for Excellence honors outstanding teaching of engineering students and may be given to either a faculty or staff member in the College of Engineering. The James G. Woodburn Award for Excellence in Teaching was first presented in 2005.

James G. Woodburn Award

  • 2015 Suzannah L. Sandrik, Associate Faculty Associate, Engineering Physics
  • 2013  Pam Kreeger, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • 2012  Robert J. Witt, Associate Professor, Engineering Physics
  • 2011  Irena Knezevic, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2010  Jay M. Samuel, Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2009  Michael E. Plesha, Professor of Engineering Physics
  • 2007  Gregory F. Nellis, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2007  Chin H. Wu, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2006  Regina M. Murphy, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2005  Charles G. Hill, Jr., Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award

The Ragnar E. Onstad Memorial Fund was established to recognize teachers of engineers who have been leaders in contributing to the solution of society’s problems. The Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award supported by this fund is a symbolic reminder of Mr. Onstad’s devotion, integrity, and application of knowledge for the advancement of society. The award recognizes and rewards faculty and researchers in the College of Engineering who inspire or demonstrate the use of innovation and engineering principles to benefit humanity.

Ragner E. Onstad Award

  • 2015   Gregory W. Harrington, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2014   Robert G. Radwin, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • 2012   Philip R. O’Leary, Engineering Professional Development
  • 2011   Donald R. Schramm, Engineering Professional Development
  • 2010   David A. Noyce, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2007   Pascale Carayon, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • 2006   David R. Zimmerman, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • 2005   Peter J. Bosscher, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2004   Kenneth W. Potter, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2002   Robert D. Lorenz, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2001   Phil J. Biebl, Engineering External Relations
  • 1998   Donald M. Walker, Department of Engineering Professional Development
  • 1997   Donald S. Ermer, Departments of Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • 1996   Willis F. Long, Department of Engineering Professional Development
  • 1995   C. Allen Wortley, Department of Engineering Professional Development
  • 1994 Richard S. Marleau, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1993 John W. Mitchell, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1991 William W. Wuerger, Associate Dean of Operations and Professor of Engineering Professional Development
  • 1990 Lawrence B. Polkowski, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 1989 Gregg C. Vanderheiden, Professor of Industrial Engineering
  • 1988 David H. Gustafson, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine
  • 1987 Richard A. Moll, Professor of Engineering Professional Development and Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1986 Frank J. Worzala, Professor of Metallurgical and Mineral Engineering
  • 1985 William P. Birkemeier, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1984 Peter L. Monkmeyer, Professor of Civil and Environmenta Engineering
  • 1983 C. Daniel Geisler, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Neurophysiology
  • 1982 David R. Otis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1981 W. Robert Marshall, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • 1980 Theodore Bernstein, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1979 Richard W. Heine, Professor of Metallurgical and Mineral Engineering
  • 1978 Phillip S. Myers, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering University Staff Distinguished Achievement Award

(formerly, the Classified Staff Distinguished Achievement Award)

This award was established in 2004 to recognize classified staff and their crucial role in the college — whether managing recordkeeping, budgets, running laboratories or performing the many important functions in between.

University Staff Award

  • 2015  Cynthia Rothwell, Wendt Commons
  • 2014  Dennis Manthey, Engineering Physics
  • 2013  Lori Burrow, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2012  Lynn J. Neis, Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2011  Renee M. Starks, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2010  Paula King, Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2009  John T. Cannon, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2008  Diane L. Lange, Engineering Professional Development
  • 2007  Roxanne Beisel, Engineering External Relations
  • 2006  Debra K. Schiess, Academic Affairs
  • 2005  Diane J. Peterson, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2004  Jean A. Hoover, Electrical and Computer Engineering