2006-2007 Alumni Award Announcements

Alumni honored for their excellence:

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Lawrence G. Almeda (BS '91, LL.M '99 John Marshall Law School), an attorney at the intellectual property law firm of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, has been named president of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA).

Kristi Anseth (BS '92, PhD '94 (Colorado)) has been elected a Fellow of AAAS. She is Tisone Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Associate Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

Christopher Bowman (PhD '90) is the 2006 recipient of the R. H. Wilhelm Award. This award recognizes an individual's significant and new contributions in chemical reaction engineering. Prof. Bowman is the department chair and Mel and Virginia Clark Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado. Also, along with Alex Scranton (PhD '90) and four others,he has been selected to receive the 2007 ACS Polymer Materials Engineering and Science Cooperative Research Award, funded by the Eastman Kodak Company. The award is for collaborative efforts in photochemistry and photopolymerization.

Surya Mallapragada (PhD '96) was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for her "distinguished contributions to medical and biological engineering as well for demonstrated interest, concern, and involvement with critical issues affecting these fields." The youngest person to be so honored, she is currently an associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. In 2002 she was named by MIT's Technology Review Magazine as one of the World's Top 100 Young Innovators.

Richard Mallinson (PhD '83) has been named the Sliepcevich Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering. The award is named after Dr. C.M. "Cheddy" Sliepcevich, a distinguished researcher and educator whose many honors include the American Chemical Society's International Ipatieff Prize, the Gas Industry Research Award, the William H. Walker Award, and election to the National Academy of Engineering.

Antonios Mikos (PhD, '88), the J.W. Cox Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University, received the 2007 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Engineering. Sponsored by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, this award gives recognition and visibility to outstanding up-and-comers and their work. Dr. Mikos' research contributions have been in the synthesis, processing and evaluation of new biomaterials for tissue engineering, scaffolds for three-dimensional cell culture, conduits for guided tissue regeneration substrates for targeted cell adhesion, carriers for controlled drug delivery, and non-viral vectors for gene therapy.

Raghunathan Rengaswamy (PhD '90), associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University's 113th commencement ceremony May 14. The award is presented annually to a faculty member showing promise in engineering, management, liberal studies or scientific research.

Julia M. Ross ('90, PhD '94, Rice University), Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is the winner of the 2007 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education. She was recognized for "influential and pioneering contributions to the biological and biomedical engineering fields, and for leadership in education and mentoring that has had an impact at the national level." The award will be given to her at this year's Awards Banquet Ceremony of the ASEE meeting in June.

She was also was recently honored with the Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence for Collaboration in Public Service, for her role in "developing and implementing INSPIRES (INcreasing Student Participation, Interest and Recruitment in Engineering & Science), an innovative and engaging standards-based high school curriculum that uses state-of-the-art tools to present motivational and informative lessons for students." [quoted from UMBC press release]

Alec Scranton (PhD '90), along with Chris Bowman (PhD '90) and four others, has been selected to receive the 2007 ACS Polymer Materials Engineering and Science Cooperative Research Award, funded by the Eastman Kodak Company (for collaborative efforts in photochemistry and photopolymerization). He is a Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the University of Iowa.