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GEORGE R. BROWN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Faculty & Staff Awards

How to Submit a Nomination

All nominations are due on February 7, 2022*. Please review award details and nomination requirements before submitting. Submit all nominations — or direct any questions about nominating your faculty or staff — by emailing required materials to Aurora Zarate at aurora@rice.edu.


School-Granted Faculty & Postdoc Awards

Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Awarded to faculty who most contributed to highly impactful publications or publicly available software, based on research conducted at Rice and published/developed during the last five years. $5,000.

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter and CV. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Aditya Mohite, ChBE
  • 2021: Naomi Halas, ECE
  • 2020: Lydia Kavraki, CS
  • 2019: Boris Yakobson, MSNE
  • 2018: Pulickel Ajayan, MSNE

Young Faculty Research Award

Given to faculty of rank no higher than assistant professor or assistant research professor. Recognizes outstanding research achievements, as evidenced by publications, program development results, software and other research contributions. $3,000.

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter, copy of papers and other research products, and CV. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Xue (Sherry) Gao, ChBE; Akane Sano, ECE
  • 2021: Anshumali Shrivastava, CS
  • 2020: Haotian Wang, ChBE
  • 2019: David Zhang, BIOE
  • 2018: Adrianna Gillman, CAAM

Teaching + Research Excellence Award, Tenured

Given annually to one tenured faculty member who demonstrates excellence in both teaching and research. $3,000.

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter, one-page summary of research successes in prior two years; one-page summary of teaching excellence in prior two years and CV. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Jun Lou, MSNE
  • 2021: Edward Knightly, ECE
  • 2020: Rafael Verduzco, ChBE
  • 2019: Robert Griffin, CEE
  • 2018: Ming Tang, MSNE

Teaching + Research Excellence Award, Tenure-track

Given annually to one tenure-track faculty member who demonstrates excellence in both teaching and research. $3,000.

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter, one-page summary of research successes in prior two years; one-page summary of teaching excellence in prior two years and CV. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Anastasios Kyrillidis, CS
  • 2021: Matthew Brake, MECH; Santiago Segarra, ECE
  • 2020: Meng Li, STAT
  • 2019: Philip Ernst, STAT

Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Adviser Award

Awarded in recognition of the achievements of a faculty member's doctoral students who completed all degree requirements during the last four years. $3,000

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter and CV. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Behnaam Aazhang, ECE
  • 2021: Walter Chapman, CHBE
  • 2020: Marina Vannucci, STAT
  • 2019: Junghae Suh, BIOE
  • 2018: Luay Nakhleh, CS

Curriculum Innovation Award

Recognizes faculty who are improving the quality of education at Rice University through pedagogical and curricular innovation. Open to full-time tenure track or teaching faculty. $2,500.

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter, CV and teaching scores. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Matthew Wettergreen, Bioengineering
  • 2021: Rudy Guerra, STAT
  • 2020: Genevera Allen, ECE
  • 2019: Scott Rixner, CS
  • 2019: Ray Simar, ECE

Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award

Recognizes a postdoctoral researcher currently at Rice who has significantly contributed to a research program through highly impactful publications, proposal writing, or other endeavors at Rice University. $2,500.

Nomination: Two-page nomination letter and CV. Limited to two nominations per department.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Michael Nute, CS
  • 2021: Pratiksha Dongare, ECE
  • 2020: Linan Zhou, ECE
  • 2019: Jing Zhang, MSNE
  • 2018: Sharmila Shirodkar, MSNE

Award for Excellence in Teaching*

This award is intended to recognize continuing excellence in teaching and exemplary commitment to the education of undergraduate or graduate students within the School of Engineering. The award recipient will be announced during the university’s annual awards ceremony and will receive $2,500.

Any student or faculty member in the School of Engineering can nominate a faculty member for this distinction. Candidates will be selected taking into account several teaching metrics including peer input, student evaluations and comments, and participation in educational opportunities that impact the students’ academic experience (i.e. developing new programs or curriculum, teaching new experimental courses, applying research-based teaching methods to improve student learning, etc.).

Eligible candidates for this award are full-time faculty in the School of Engineering that have:

  • Taught at a minimum of one course in the last two academic years (i.e. current and previous AY)
  • Not received this award in the past five years

*Nomination: A one-page nomination letter will be required — upload via Google form (using Rice email). Nominees may be asked to provide supplemental information as part of the selection process.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Don H. Johnson, ECE
  • 2021: Bilal Ghosn, BIOE
  • 2020: Rob Griffin, CEE
  • 2019: Marya Cokar, CHBE

School-Granted Staff Awards

Hardy M. Bourland Award for Distinguished Service

Recognizes two staff members in the School of Engineering whose performance is consistently outstanding or whose contributions have significantly improved the School of Engineering or Rice as a whole. Two awards for $1,500 each.

Nomination: Nomination letter. Review details about the Hardy M. Bourland Award.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Jocelyn Dayao, STAT; Sukaina Ahmed, OEDK
  • Alicia C. Herrera, MECH
  • Andrea C. Torres, CEE

Rising Star Award

This award is for individuals beginning their career at Rice within the past three years. It recognizes a staff member who has created or utilized an opportunity to grow and develop in their role and as a result, has made important contributions to their unit. $1,000.

Nomination: Nomination letter.

Recipients:

  • 2022: Shanna Jin, D2K
  • 2021: Rosario Sa Martinez, EPMP