Wednesday,
September 20, 2017

Wednesday,
September 20, 2017

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Jonsson School Honors Exceptional Researchers, Teachers, Staff

Dr. Mark W. Spong

Dr. Mark W. Spong

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science recently recognized 16 exceptional professors, teaching assistants and staff members.

“Honoring our outstanding faculty and staff members is something we all look forward to each year,” said Dr. Mark W. Spong, dean of the Jonsson School

“We could not have successful students and programs in our fast-growing school without team members contributing their best efforts to provide a rich educational experience and productive work environment,” he said.

The top honors — the Senior Faculty Research Award and the Junior Faculty Research Awards — went to Dr. Babak Fahimi, professor of electrical engineering, Dr. Bilal Akin, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and Dr. Christopher Hinkle, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, respectively.

Fahimi’s research interests are in electromechanical energy conversion, power electronics, and renewable energy systems. Since joining the University in 2010, Fahimi established the Jonsson School’s program in power electronics and motor design research. His invention of a double-stator switched reluctance machine is a strong contender as an alternative for permanent magnet motors in terms of power, torque density, speed and cost.

His work at UT Dallas has resulted in more than $3 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program. Since 2012, seven of his PhD students have graduated from UT Dallas. He currently has 12 doctoral and six master’s degree students.

Fahimi has published more than 60 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) papers, more than 190 conference papers and has produced 11 U.S. patents. He was recently elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to analysis and modeling of AC adjustable speed motor drives.

Akin’s research interests are also in power electronics, as well as adjustable speed motor drives. His research team includes seven PhD and two master’s degree students. Since joining UT Dallas, he has published nine IEEE journal and 15 IEEE conference papers. He has secured $1.5 million in research funding from both federal agencies and industry as sole principal investigator. He has been appointed associate editor of two IEEE journals, Transactions on Industry Applications and Transactions on Vehicular Technology. This year, Akin received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards.

Hinkle’s research focuses on the growth, characterization and device physics of semiconductor materials and interfaces for use in a wide variety of devices. He is particularly interested in two-dimensional materials for applications related to advanced CMOS and power devices, energy harvesting and energy storage. In the past three years, he has published 19 peer-reviewed journal articles, written a book chapter on 2-D materials, and filed a patent as co-inventor with collaborators from Texas Instruments. He has obtained more than $2.3 million in funding from the federal government and industry. In 2014, Hinkle was awarded the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program Early Career Investigator Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


Annual ECS Awards
Senior Faculty Research Award

Dr. Babak Fanimi
Dr. Babak Fahimi
professor of electrical engineering


Junior Faculty Research Awards

Dr. Leo Bleris
Dr. Bilal Akin
assistant professor of electrical engineering
 Dr. Christopher Hinkle
Dr. Christopher (Chris) Hinkle
assistant professor of materials science and engineering 

 


Outstanding Faculty Teaching Awards

Dr. John Cole
Dr. John Cole
senior lecturer in computer science
Dr. Duncan MacFarlane
Dr. Duncan MacFarlane
professor of electrical engineering


 
Dr. Nurcan Yuruk
Dr. Nurcan Yuruk
senior lecturer in computer science
Dr. Rym-Zalila-Wenksterne
Dr. Rym Zalila-Wenkstern
associate professor of computer science



 


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Teaching Awards

Nazim Ahmed
Nazim Ahmed
computer science
Vishal Karande
Vishal Karande
computer science
  

Girish Deshpande, electrical engineering, photo not available.

Moinak Pyne, systems engineering, photo not available.


Staff Awards

Ashley Bradberry
Ashley Bradberry
academic support coordinator in mechanical engineering
Norma Richardson
Norma Richardson
academic support coordinator in computer science
Ashley Willess
Ashley Willess
degree plan evaluator in materials science and engineering
  

Mary Jo Cherry, administrative assistant in ECS Student Services Office, photo not available.


Outstanding A&P Staff Awards

Paula Abercrombie
Paula Abercrombie
assistant director in Texas Analog Center of Excellence

Media Contact: LaKisha Ladson, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4183, [email protected]
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].


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