September 21, 2022

Originally published by NYU Tandon

Our faculty members spend countless hours in the lab, devote themselves fully to their students, and continually seek to apply their knowledge and skills to better the world. While the work may be its own reward, at Tandon, we publicly recognize their efforts each year with a series of awards.

Zhong-Ping Jiang

Excellence in Research Award

The annual Excellence in Research Award is bestowed upon a faculty member who has published in prestigious journals, mentored students, been recognized by professional societies, and conducted important translational research, and this year the honor went to Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Zhong-Ping Jiang, who is an affiliated member of Tandon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) and the Connected Cites for Smart Transportation (C2SMART) Center

Jiang’s research interests lie at the interface of control and learning for network systems and have practical applications in many areas, including helping clinicians devise new ways to diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s and developing safe and robust automated lane-changing technology that will encompass interactions between vehicles, complex routing choices, and interactions between vehicles and the environment — a project that could greatly increase road safety.

Junior Faculty Research Award

Assistant Professor Chen Feng (with a joint appointment to Tandon’s Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) is the recipient of this year’s Junior Faculty Research Award, which is presented annually to a tenure-track assistant professor in recognition of significant research accomplishments as demonstrated by publications in top-tier venues, funded research proposals, student mentoring, and recognition by professional societies.

Chen oversees the AI4CE Lab, where he is working to advance fundamental automation and intelligence technologies such as robot vision and machine learning, while addressing the challenges their applications pose.

Chen Feng

                                 Rakesh Behera

 

Distinguished Teacher Award

Industry Associate Professor Rakesh Behera (MAE) received Tandon’s Distinguished Teacher Award, which is bestowed upon someone who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching. 

Rakesh is widely known among students for his accessibility and patience, as well as his use of active-learning techniques and real-life examples that make his labs and lectures exceptionally engaging.

Jacobs Excellence in Education Award

The Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, aimed at recognizing and fostering innovation and excellence in teaching, went jointly to Industry Assistant Professor Christopher Policastro (TMI) and Industry Professor Pavlos Mourdoukoutas (TMI Program Director). Together, they spearheaded a transformative Industry Partnerships program for the Management of Technology Capstone course that has substantially boosted the school’s reach and reputation.

                        Christopher Policastro

 

                               Pavlos Mourdoukoutas

 

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Online Education

Daniel Katz-Braunschweig

 

Itay Tal

 

The Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, aimed at recognizing and fostering innovation and excellence in teaching, went jointly to Industry Assistant Professor Christopher Policastro (TMI) and Industry Professor Pavlos Mourdoukoutas (TMI Program Director). Together, they spearheaded a transformative Industry Partnerships program for the Management of Technology Capstone course that has substantially boosted the school’s reach and reputation.

Inclusive Excellence Award for Faculty

Assistant Professor Andrea Silverman (CUE, SEI, CUSP, C2SMART, NYU College of Global Public Health) is the recipient of NYU Tandon’s inaugural Inclusive Excellence Award for Faculty, established to honor a faculty member who demonstrates inclusive leadership and manifests the ideals of diversity, belonging, and equity through research and scholarship, creative work, teaching, mentoring, and service. Before coming to Tandon, she demonstrated her deep commitment to improving conditions for marginalized communities at the International Water Management Institute in Accra and at a nonprofit in Nairobi. Here in Brooklyn, she has demonstrated a similarly deep commitment to inclusivity in STEM, and her research group is one of the most diverse at Tandon. 

Andrea Silverman 

 

Honorary Titles

Miguel Modestino 

Miguel Modestino (CBE and Director of the SEI) was accorded the title of Donald F. Othmer Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, based on his outstanding record of academic research, institutional service, and teaching achievement. 

Juliana Freire 

Juliana Freire (CSE, CATT, and co-founder and co-director of VIDA) had the distinction of becoming an Institute Professor, a rare title that honors exceptional and sustained contributions to the School of Engineering through outstanding research and educational activities.

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