Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Awards

2017

  • Meagan Mauter: Meagan Mauter was awarded the Dean's Early Career Fellowship by the College of Engineering. The Dean’s Early Career Fellowships are awarded to untenured faculty members who have been nominated by their department heads and then selected to receive the fellowship after review and discussion of the nomination package by the College of Engineering's Review Committee.
  • Meagan Mauter: Meagan Mauter was awarded the James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award Lectureship by Environmental Science & Technology.
  • Hae Young Noh: Hae Young Noh was given the Google Faculty Research Award by Google. Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as seed funding (up to $150,000 USD) to support one graduate student for one year and are awarded as an unrestricted gift. The award is highly competitive - only 15% of applicants receive funding - and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.
  • Hae Young Noh: Hae Young Noh was given the NSF CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
  • Matteo Pozzi: Matteo Pozzi was given the NSF CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
  • Mitch Small: Mitch Small received the Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate and Junior Faculty Mentoring by Carnegie Mellon University. The Barbara Lazarus Award recognizes exemplary contributions to fostering a welcoming and nurturing environment for graduate students and young faculty at Carnegie Mellon.

2016

  • Amit Acharya: Amit Acharya was awarded a Visiting Professorship with the Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi (INdAM) at the University of Pavia in Italy. 
  • Kaushik Dayal: Kaushik Dayal was awarded the David Parkin Visiting Professorship at the University of Bath in England. David Parkin Visiting Professorships are awarded on an annual basis, following the procedures for the Appointment of Visiting Professorial Staff, in order to help to support an outstanding academic with a permanent position at a non-UK university to spend a period of time up to 12 months, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.
  • James Garrett: James Garrett was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination, may, by virtue of such meritorious contribution be elected a Fellow by the Council.
  • James Garrett: James Garrett was given the William Metcalf Award by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania. This annual award is given to to a very outstanding engineer who is a resident of the United States and whose field of engineering accomplishment relates to those fields normally asssociated with Western Pennsylvania, such as steel, aluminum, power, coal, electrial equipment, chemical, glass, construction, etc.
  • Kelvin Gregory: Kelvin Gregory took part in the Faculty Research Participation Program with the U.S. Department of Energy / Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
  • Chris Hendrickson: Chris Hendrickson was granted the Elsevier Atlas Award by the Elsevier journal for his co-authored paper titled Estimating potential increases in travel with autonomous vehicles for the non-driving, elderly and people with travel-restrictive medical condition."
  • Meagan Mauter: Meagan Mauter was given the ASCE ExCEED Teaching Fellowship Award by ASCE. This award was established by ASCE's Project ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) and the Committee on Faculty Development to recognize and reward outstanding new faculty.
  • Meagan Mauter: Meagan Mauter was given the NSF CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
  • Sean Qian: Sean Qian had one of the most downloaded Transportation Part C: Emerging Technologies articles in the Elsevier journal. 
  • Costantine Samaras: Costa Samaras was granted the Elsevier Atlas Award by the Elsevier journal for his co-authored paper titled “Estimating potential increases in travel with autonomous vehicles for the non-driving, elderly and people with travel-restrictive medical condition."
  • Constantine Samars: Costa Samaras was a Frontiers of Engineering particpant at the National Academies of Engineering. The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) / Environmental Water Research Institute (EWRI). 
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen was selected to the ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame by the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS). The Alumni Hall of Fame honors ARCS Scholar Alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and to increase our nation's scientific competitiveness. 

2015

  • Amit Acharya: Amit Acharya was invited as a mini-course lecturer at the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), in Trieste, Italy. 
  • Amit Acharya: Amit Acharya was awarded a Visiting Professorship of the Leverhulme Trust to the University of Bath, U.K. The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution.
  • Amit Acharya: Amit Acharya was awarded the Rosi and Max Varon Visiting Professorship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The Rosi and Max Varon Visiting Professorship program at the Weizmann Institute is designed to attract outstanding scientists to the Institute, in all areas of contemporary research.
  • Mario Berges: Mario Berges was given the Dean's Early Career Fellowship award by the College of Engineering. The award was established in 2013 to recognize deserving untenured faculty members.
  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak was given the Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. 
  • Susan Finger: Susan Finger was named Associate Dean of Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) at Carnegie Mellon University. True to the mission of IDeATe, she has always enjoyed working at the interface between culture and technology and her passion has been reflected in her career in many ways. 
  • Athanasios Karamalidis: Athanasios Karamalidis was awarded third place in the Prime Minister's Awards for Scientific Ingenuity of Trinidad and Tobago for Scientific Creative Solutions for Fate of Biocides Produced in Water. 
  • Greg Lowry: Greg Lowry was given the Highly Cited Researcher Award (Environment & Ecology) by Thomson-Reuters. Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science.
  • Meagan Mauter: Meagan Mauter was given the NAMS Young Membrane Scientist Award by the North American Membrane Society. The award is given to individuals within the first two years of their first academic appointment in recognition of their achievements to date as well as their outstanding potential in membrane science and technology.
  • Meagan Mauter: Meagan Mauter was awarded the George Tallman Ladd Research Award by Carnegie Mellon University. The G.T. Ladd award is made to a faculty member within the College of Engineering in recognition of outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential.
  • Constantine Samaras: Costa Samaras was given the Wimmer Faculty Fellow Award by Carnegie Mellon University. These fellowships are made possible by a grant from the Wimmer Family Foundation and are designed for junior faculty members interested in enhancing their teaching through concentrated work designing or re-designing a course, innovating new materials, or exploring a new pedagogical approach.
  • Mitch Small: Mitch Small was given the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research by the College of Engineering. The award is presented annually to individuals for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the College of Engineering.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen was presented with the Carnegie Science Center Environmental Award by the Carnegie Science Center for her water quality research.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen was given the Carnegie Mellon University Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring by the College of Engineering. Named for former associate provost for academic affairs Barbara Lazarus, the award recognizes the exemplary contributions of Carnegie Mellon faculty members who work to foster a welcoming and nurturing environment for graduate students and young faculty.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen was given the Margaret S. Peterson Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Margaret Petersen award was established in 2014 to honor Margaret S. Petersen, P.E., a pioneer in hydraulics and water resources engineering. It is awarded every year to outstanding female professionals in environmental and water resources.

2014

  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak was named Hamerschlag University Professor by Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Sarah Christian: Sarah Christian was given the Edinburgh University Student Association Teaching Award for the Teaching in Science and Engineering and Supporting Students' Learning.
  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak was given the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Susan Finger: Susan Finger was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by ASME Members and Fellows, an ASME Member has to have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME.
  • James Garrett: James Garrett was awarded a Recognition Award by ASCE in recognition of outstanding dedication and leadership as co-editor-in-chief of ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
  • James Garrett: James Garrett was given the Civil Engineer of the Year award by the Pittsburgh ASCE section. This award is given to a licensed professional in recognition of continual excellent work with highlights during the award year.
  • James Garrett: James Garrett was elected as a Fellow by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). INFORMS Fellows are examples of outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences. They have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to the advancement of OR/MS over a period of time.
  • Chris Hendrickson: Chris Hendrickson was selected as a Member of the National Academy of Construction. Hendrickson was selected to the NAC in part because of his outstanding systems-oriented research and his leadership in construction project management, transportation, and green design.
  • Athanasios Karamalidis: Athanasios Karamalidis was given the Berkman Faculty Development Award by Carnegie Mellon University. The Berkman Faculty Development Fund is a small grants program (up to $10,000 for a 3-year period [1-2 years typical]) in support of professional development.
  • Greg Lowry: Greg Lowry was awarded the PhD Dissertation (Advisor) Award by the National Research Council of Thailand.
  • Greg Lowry: Greg Lowry was named the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering by Carnegie Mellon University. The Walter Blenko, Sr. Professorship, established in 1981, is funded by Walter Blenko, Jr. and his wife, Joy. Walter, Jr. received his mechanical engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon in 1950.
  • Greg Lowry: Greg Lowry was given the Highly Cited Researcher Award (Environment & Ecology) by Thomson-Reuters. Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science.
  • Hae Young Noh: Hae Young Noh was given the Google Faculty Research Award by Google. Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as seed funding (up to $150,000 USD) to support one graduate student for one year and are awarded as an unrestricted gift. The award is highly competitive - only 15% of applicants receive funding - and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.
  • Matteo Pozzi: Matteo Pozzi was given the Berkman Faculty Development Award by Carnegie Mellon University. The Berkman Faculty Development Fund is a small grants program (up to $10,000 for a 3-year period [1-2 years typical]) in support of professional development.

2013

  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak was elected as a Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. AEESP is made up of professors in academic programs throughout the world who provide education in the sciences and technologies of environmental protection.
  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak was elected as a fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). The Fellows Award recognizes individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishment and publication in areas of computational mechanics and demonstrated support of the USACM. 
  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak was named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The professorship was made possible by a group of donors who endowed the professorship in recognition of Christiano’s significant and enduring contributions to Civil and Environmental Engineering, CIT and the university.
  • Jared Cohon: President Emeritus Jared Cohon was named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can achieve.
  • Kaushik Dayal: Kaushik Dayal was awarded the ASCE EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award for his important contributions to understanding far-from-equilibrium molecular dynamics; domain patterns in ferroelectrics; and phase transformations in peridynamics analyses. He was also one of the first recipients of the newly established Dean’s Early Career Fellowship, which recognizes deserving untenured faculty members.
  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak and University of Pittsburgh Professor Radisav D. Vidic received the 2013 Grand Prize in the University Research category of the American Academy of Environmental Scientists and Engineers' Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science competition for a project titled "Use of Treated Municipal Wastewater as Power Plant Cooling System Makeup Water."
  • Kelvin Gregory and Greg Lowry: Professors Greg Lowry and Kelvin Gregory were awarded the 2012 Best Feature Article in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) Journal. Their article, "Transformations of Nanomaterials in the Environment," explores various scenarios of nanomaterials' impact on the environment once they have been released.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen was selected as the Philip L. Dowd Fellowship recipient. Awarded by CIT, this fellowship will support efforts to author a new textbook that will focus on advanced analysis and modern design for biological wastewater systems and contributions in engineering.  

2012

  • Jared Cohon: President Jared L. Cohon was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions granted to an engineer. Cohon was elected for his contributions to environmental systems analysis and national policy and leadership in higher education.
  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak was named a fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) for exceptional accomplishments in the field of water quality.
  • Chris Hendrickson: Chris Hendrickson was named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can achieve. 

2011

  • Burcu Akinci: Burcu Akinci was named Professor of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section. This award is given for outstanding teaching ability and significant contributions toward improving professional aspects of civil engineering education.
  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak was named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This honor is given to those ASCE members who have attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.
  • Chris Hendrickson: Chris Hendrickson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leadership and contributions in transportation and green design engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
  • Greg Lowry: Greg Lowry received the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research, presented anually to individuals for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).

2010

  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, for advancing knowledge and methods in earthquake engineering and in regional-scale seismic motion simulation. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
  • Burcu Akinci and Lucio Soibelman: Burcu Akinci and Lucio Soibelman received the "Bringing the World into the Classroom: ACE Award to Recognize Innovative Use of Technology to Promote Internationalism" from the American Council on Education (ACE). This award was based on their development and teaching of the International Collaborative Construction Management (ICCM) Course, one of the original courses in The Global Course Initiative organized by Vice Provost Indira Nair and funded with support provided by President Jared Cohon.
  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak was named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can acheive. He was also named the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-2011 academic year. He will present 14-16 lecturers at university around the United States during Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
  • Irving Oppenheim: Irving Oppenheim was named Professor of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section. This award is given for outstanding teaching ability and significant contributions toward improving professional aspects of civil engineering education.
  • Lucio Soibelman: Lucio Soibelman received the 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers Computing in Civil Engineering Award. This internationally competitive award was established to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in the use of computers in the practice of civil engineering.

2009

  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak was named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can achieve. The title is awarded on the basis of national or international recognition for research and other scholarly activities.
  • Cliff Davidson: Cliff Davidson was selected as the recipient of the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching. This award is given annually to a full-time faculty member at Carnegie Mellon who has demonstrated unusual devotion and effectiveness in teaching undergraduate or graduate students.
  • James Garrett: James Garrett was elected a fellow of the ASCE. Fellows occupy ASCE's second-highest membership grade, and fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and election by the Membership Application Review Committee.
  • Chris Hendrickson: Chris Hendrickson was honored with Carnegie Mellon's Faculty Service Award, given by the Alumni Association in recognition of his commitment to the support, education and mentorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni.
  • Greg Lowry: Greg Lowry received the ASCE Walter L. Huber Prize, given for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering, with preference given to younger ASCE members of early accomplishment. He also was honored with the Malcolm Pirnie/AEESP Frontier in Research Award, given to recognize an environmental engineering or science professor who has advanced the environmental and engineering field through recognized research leadership and pioneering efforts in a new and innovative research area.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Jeanne VanBriesen has been named the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section's Professor of the Year. This award is given for outstanding teaching ability and significant contributions toward improving professional aspects of civil engineering education. She also was the recipient of the McGraw-Hill/AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering & Science, given to honor a faculty member who has made substantive contributions directly through class-oriented teaching.

2008

  • Burcu Akinci: Burcu Akinci was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Early Researcher Award given by FIATECH. FIATECH established the CETI, Celebration of Engineering Technology and Innovation, awards in 2006 to to recognize significant achievements in new and emerging technology research, development, deployment and implementation throughout the life cycle of a capital project.
  • Jacobo Bielak: Jacobo Bielak has been elected as a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering. It is one of the highest honors that an engineer can receive in Mexico. Professor Bielak was elected because of his contributions to computational science and engineering with application to earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.
  • Cliff Davidson: Cliff Davidson was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). The status was awarded in recognition of his many years of significant contributions to aerosol science and technology and to the society.
  • David Dzombak: David Dzombak was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was elected to the Academy for the development of models used in evaluating chemical behavior in water quality engineering and environmental remediation. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. 

2007

  • Burcu Akinci: ASCE Walter L. Huber Prize - For outstanding and real contributions in construction engineering and management. She has pioneered the integration of design information with as-built information, collected from construction sites using sensors, to support better management of construction projects
  • Cliff Davidson: Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) – Outstanding Educator Award
  • James Garrett: ASCE Professor of the Year, Pittsburgh Section - Awarded for outstanding teaching ability and significant contributions toward improving professional aspects of civil engineering education; Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research – CIT - The Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research will be presented to one or more individuals within CMU every year who have made a significant contribution to Systems research in areas relevant to ICES.
  • Chris Hendrickson: Honorary Member – ASCE - An Honorary Member is a person who has attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.
  • Scott Matthews: Laudise Prize – International Society for Industrial Ecology -  For significant contributions to industrial ecology by a young scientist or engineer (under 36 years of age) of outstanding ability.
  • Irving Oppenheim: Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award – CIT - The B.R. Teare Teaching Award is made to a faculty member within the Carnegie Institute of Technology in recognition of excellence in engineering education.
  • Jeanne VanBriesen: Professional Research Award, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association - The award honors outstanding research in support of the PWEA mission, which is focused on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and stormwater management.