Three faculty members, program honored with 2013 University faculty/staff awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Three Penn State engineering faculty members and one program are being lauded by the University for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service.

Charles Ghilani, professor of engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, received the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.

Edward Smith, professor of aerospace engineering, received the President’s Award for Engagement with Students. The award is given to a faculty member who goes beyond his or her responsibilities to engage and encourage students in learning. The honorees have made themselves available to interact with students outside class, link students to opportunities and help them build their confidence as learners and potential contributors to society.

Tony J. Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, received a Faculty Scholar Medal. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of peers reviews nominations and selects candidates.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program received the Community Engagement and Scholarship Award. The award recognizes a project that best exemplifies Penn State as an "engaged institution," which Kellogg Commission defines as an institution that has redesigned teaching, research and extension and service functions to become even more sympathetically and productively involved in communities.

The honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony at noon today (March 25) at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Last Updated April 29, 2013