Penn State Behrend's 2010 Faculty Award winners announced

August 30, 2010

Four faculty members at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, have been honored with 2010 Faculty Awards for excellence in the classroom and beyond.

Chris Coulston, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Guy W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. Coulston holds a doctorate in computer science and engineering from Penn State, and is program chair of the college’s Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering degree program. He is co-author of the textbook "Design for Electrical and Computer Engineers: Theory, Concepts and Practice."

Coulston also is president of ATAN Consulting, an electronics development and manufacturing firm that provides instrumentation solutions for local industry. In his spare time, he enjoys recreational and competitive bicycle racing.

Kathryn Holliday-Darr, senior lecturer in engineering graphics, was winner of the Council of Fellows Faculty Excellence in Outreach Award. Holliday-Darr, who earned her master’s degree in education and industrial arts from SUNY Buffalo, is a past recipient of the American Society of Engineering Education’s Engineering Design Graphics Division Frank Oppenheimer Best Paper Presentation Award, its Collaborative Instructional and Curriculum Innovation Recognition Award, and a Penn State Provost’s Award for Collaborative Instruction and Curriculum Innovation.

Holliday-Dar is deeply involved with Penn State Behrend’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach programs. She is a member of the advisory board for Math Options, a day of hands-on STEM activities for 7th- and 8th-grade girls, and coordinates the engineering activities for Minority College Experience/Women in Science and Engineering, a summer program for rising high school seniors interested in exploring STEM careers. She also directed two Tech Prep summer camps for high school students, and works with K-12 teachers through the High Aspirations training program.

Xiaocong (Simon) Fan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, won the Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award. Fan holds a doctoral degree in software engineering from Nanjing University, China, and conducted postdoctoral research at Penn State’s University Park Campus and Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

Fan’s current research, on human-centered computing, multiagent systems, cognitive modeling, and service-oriented architectures, receives funding from the U.S. Army Research Lab. He serves on the technical program committee of several international conferences, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Intelligence. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Thomas Noyes, associate professor of English and creative writing, received the 2010 Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award. He earned his doctorate in English and creative writing at Ohio University.

Noyes has published two story collections, "Behold Faith and Other Stories" (Dufour, 2003) and "Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories" (Dufour, 2008). His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and been recognized by literary organizations that include The New York Times Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, Stanford University Libraries, and The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. In 2009, Noyes was the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship. He teaches in the college’s bachelor of fine arts in creative writing program and is consulting editor for Lake Effect, its literary journal.


Last Updated August 30, 2010