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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.

  • 2015  Nicholas L. Abbott, John T. and Magdalen L. Sobota Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineeringf, 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