Faculty Chairs & Awards-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Chair Professorships & Awards

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have earned awards and distinctions from the Department, College, University, in the industries impacted by faculty research and through associated professional organizations. We are proud to highlight their tremendous achievements.

Chair Professorships

Endowed Faculty Chairs
Alumni Professorship in Environmental Science and Engineering - Edward Rubin
George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professorship of Engineering - Jonathan Cagan
Lord Professorship in Engineering - Adnan Akay
Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Chair of Mechanical Engineering - Cristina H. Amon
Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Chair of Mechanical Engineering - Nadine Aubry
Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Chair of Mechanical Engineering - Allen L. Robinson
Theodore Ahrens Professorship in Engineering - Kenji Shimada
Ver Planck Professorship in Mechanical Engineering - Burak Ozdoganlar
William J. Brown Professorship in Mechanical Engineering - Jerry H. Griffin
William J. Brown Professorship in Mechanical Engineering - Philip R. LeDuc

ZheJiang University, China
Pao Yu-Kan Chair Professorship, 2013 - Shi-chune Yao

Faculty Development Chairs
Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow - Maarten de Boer
Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow - C. Fred Higgs, III
Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow - Metin Sitti
Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow - Jessica Zhang
George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Development Professorship of Mechanical Engineering - Jack L. Beuth, Jr.
George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Development Professorship of Mechanical Engineering - Jonathan Cagan
George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Development Professorship of Mechanical Engineering - Yoed Rabin
Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow - Shelley Anna
Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow - Philip R. LeDuc
Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow - Shawn Litster
Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow - O. Burak Ozdoganlar
Theodore Ahrens Development Chair in Mechanical Engineering - William C. Messner
Theodore Ahrens Development Chair in Mechanical Engineering - Allen L. Robinson
Theodore Ahrens Development Chairin Mechanical Engineering - Jonathan A. Wickert

Internal Awards

Mechanical Engineering Department Awards
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Shelley L. Anna
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Steve Collins
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - C. Fred Higgs, III
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Alan J. H. McGaughey
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - O. Burak Ozdoganlar
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Metin Sitti
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Koushil Sreenath
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Donghyun You
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Venkat Viswanathan
Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering - Jessica Zhang
Professor of the Year, 1997 - Jonathan Cagan

Carnegie Institute of Technology Awards
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Cristina H. Amon
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Jack L. Beuth, Jr.
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Jonathan Cagan
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Jerry H. Griffin
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - C. Fred Higgs, III
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Philip LeDuc
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Alan J.H. McGaughey
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Paul S. Steif
CIT Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award - Jonathan A. Wickert
CIT Dean's Early Career Fellowship - Carmel Majidi
CIT Dean's Early Career Fellowship - Jonathan Malen
CIT Dean's Early Career Fellowship - Sheng Shen
CIT Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award - Edward S. Rubin
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Cristina H. Amon
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Shelley L. Anna
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Philip R. LeDuc
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Carmel Majidi
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - William C. Messner
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Jeremy J. Michalek
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Allen L. Robinson
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Kenji Shimada
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Jonathan A. Wickert
CIT George Tallman Ladd Research Award - Jessica Zhang
CIT Outstanding Research Award - Jonathan Cagan
CIT Outstanding Research Award - Jerry H. Griffin
CIT Outstanding Research Award - Allen L. Robinson & Neil Donahue
CIT Outstanding Research Award - Kenji Shimada
CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award - Jonathan Cagan
CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award - Edward Rubin
CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award - Paul S. Steif
CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award - Jonathan A. Wickert

Other Carnegie Mellon University Awards
Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation and the Wimmer Family Foundation’s Wimmer Faculty Fellowship - B. Reeja Jayan 

National Awards and International Awards

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
ASA Fellow - Adnan Akay

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
AFOSR Young Investigator Award - B. Reeja Jayan
AFOSR Young Investigator Award - Jonathan A. Malen
AFOSR Young Investigator Award - Carmel Majidi
AFOSR Young Investigator Award - Alan J. H. McGaughey

Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA)
Lyman A. Ripperton Educational Award - Edward Rubin

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Sloan Minority Ph.D. Professor - C. Fred Higgs
Sloan Minority Ph.D. Professor - Philip LeDuc

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
AAAS Fellow - Cristina H. Amon
AAAS Fellow - Nadine Aubry
AAAS Fellow - William C. Messner

American Chemical Society (ACS)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2011 - Jonathan Malen

American Geophysical Union
ASCENT Award, 2015 - Allen L. Robinson

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
AIAA Associate Fellow - Cristina H. Amon
AIAA Associate Fellow - Nadine Aubry
AIAA Associate Fellow - Norman A. Chigier

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
AIMBE Fellow - Philip LeDuc

American Physical Society (APS)
APS Fellow - Nadine Aubry
APS Fellow - Shelley L. Anna 
APS Outstanding Reviewer 2015 - Alan McGaughey

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
ASEE Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award - Paul S. Steif
ASEE Curtis McGraw Research Award - Jonathan A. Wickert
ASEE George Westinghouse Award - Cristina H. Amon
ASEE NCS and Zone II Campus Representative Awards - Cristina H. Amon
ASEE NCS Outstanding Teacher Award - Cristina H. Amon
ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award - Cristina H. Amon

American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
Post-Doctoral Young Scientist Award, 2013 - Steven H. Collins

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME Bergles-Rohsenhow Yong Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, 2014 - Jonathan Malen
ASME Curriculum Innovation Award - Jack L. Beuth, Jr. & Jonathan A. Wickert
ASME Curriculum Innovation Award - Jonathan Cagan
ASME Curtis McGraw Research Award - Jonathan A. Wickert
ASME Dedicated Service Award - John Wesner
ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award - Levent Burak Kara
ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award - Jeremy J. Michalek
ASME Design Engineering Division Thar Energy Award - Jeremy Michalek
ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award - Jonathan Cagan
ASME Education Award (of the Dynamic Systems and Controls Division) - William C. Messner
ASME Fellow - Adnan Akay
ASME Fellow - Cristina H. Amon
ASME Fellow - Nadine Aubry
ASME Fellow - Jonathan Cagan
ASME Fellow - Norman Chigier
ASME Fellow - Jerry Griffin
ASME Fellow - Philip R. LeDuc
ASME Fellow - Alan J.H. McGaughey
ASME Fellow - William C. Messner
ASME Fellow - Fletcher Osterle
ASME Fellow - Will Rouleau
ASME Fellow - Edward Rubin
ASME Fellow - Paul S. Steif
ASME Fellow - John Wesner
ASME Fellow - Jonathan A. Wickert
ASME Fellow - Shi-Chune Yao
ASME G.L. Larson Award - Cristina H. Amon
ASME Newkirk Award - C. Fred Higgs, III
ASME Outstanding Research Award (by Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division) - Cristina H. Amon
ASME Per Bruel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics - Adnan Akay
ASME Pittsburgh Engineer of the Year - Cristina H. Amon
ASME Robert E. Abbott Award (by Design Engineering Division) - John Wesner

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Beckman Young Investigator Award - Philip LeDuc

Army Research Office
Young Investigator Award, 2014 - Jonathan Malen

Asia Pacific Signal and Information Porcessing Association (APSIPA)
Distinguished Lecturer, 2013 - Kenji Shimada

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
BMES Class of 2012 Fellow - Philip LeDuc

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Young Faculty Award - Carmel Majidi
Young Faculty Award - Sheng Shen
Director's Fellowship, 2015 - Sheng Shen

EDUCOM
EDUCOM Medal (for contributions to undergraduate education) - William C. Messner

ELATE 
ELATE Fellow, 2017-2018 - Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Google
Google Faculty Award - Koushil Sreenath

Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC)
HENAAC Hispanic Engineer of the Year - Cristina H. Amon

Honda Motor Company
Honda Initiation Grant Award - Kenji Shimada

Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
IPSJ Best Paper Award - Kenji Shimada
IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award - Kenji Shimada

Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC)
ISIC Technical Achievement Award - Jonathan A. Wickert

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Distinguished Lecturer Award (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society) - Metin Sitti
IEEE Fellow - Cristina H. Amon
IEEE Fellow - Metin Sitti
IEEE Senior Member - William C. Messner

Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (JSIAM)
JSIAM Best Author Award - Kenji Shimada

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Fellow, 2014 - Kenji Shimada

Journal of Heat Transfer
Outstanding Reviewer, 2011 - Alan McGaughey

MIT Technology Review
Finalist, Innovators Under 35, 2014 - Venkat Viswanathan

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
National Associate Member, Washington DC, 2004 - Edward Rubin

National Academy of Engineering
Invited Participant, Global Grand Challenges Summit, 2012 - Philip R. LeDuc
Member - David H. Archer
Member - Cristina H. Amon
Member - Nadine Aubry
Robert A. Pritzker Fellow, 2012 - Kate Whitefoot

National Academy of Sciences
Cozzarelli Prize, 2011 - Ryan C. Sullivan

National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF Career Award - Shelley L. Anna
NSF Career Award - C. Fred Higgs III
NSF Career Award - Levent Burak Kara
NSF Career Award - Philip LeDuc
NSF Career Award - Shawn Litster
NSF Career Award - Jonathan Malen
NSF Career Award - Jeremy J. Michalek
NSF Career Award - O. Burak Ozdoganlar
NSF Career Award - Sheng Shen
NSF Career Award - Kenji Shimada
NSF Career Award - Metin Sitti
NSF Career Award - Ryan Sullivan
NSF Career Award - Venkat Viswanathan
NSF Career Award - Yongjie Jessica Zhang
NSF Fellowship Award, NSF Summer Institute on Nano-Mechanics and Materials, Northwestern University, 2007 - Yongie Jessica Zhang
NSF Graduate Fellowship - Paul Steif
NSF Graduate Fellowship - John Wesner
NSF National Young Investigator Award - Jonathan Cagan
NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award - Nadine Aubry
NSF Research Initiation Award - Cristina H. Amon
NSF Research Initiation Award - Jonathan A. Wickert
NSF Research Initiation Award, 1991 - Jonathan Cagan

Nihon Computer Graphics Society (NICOGRAPH)
NICOGRAPH Best Paper Award - Kenji Shimada

Nobel Peace Prize
Shared Recipient - Edward Rubin

Office of Naval Research
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award - Donghyun You
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award - Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Pi Tau Sigma (PTS)
Pi Tau Sigma Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award - Cristina H. Amon

PopTech
PopTech Science Fellow, 2013 - Carmel S. Majidi

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) - Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Sandia National Laboratories
International Meshing Roundtable (IMR) Fellow Award - Kenji Shimada

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 1996 - Jonathan Cagan
SAE Teetor Educational Award - Cristina H. Amon
SAE Teetor Educational Award - Nadine Aubry
SAE Teetor Educational Award - Jack L. Beuth, Jr.
SAE Teetor Educational Award - Edward Rubin
SAE Teetor Educational Award - Jonathan A. Wickert

Society of CAD/CAM Engineers
Gaheon Academic Award, 2015 - Kenji Shimada

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award - O. Burak Ozdoganlar

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE Carnegie Mellon Professor of the Year - Cristina H. Amon
SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator Award - Cristina H. Amon

Solid Modeling Association 
Executive Committee, 2016 - Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Solutia, Inc.
Solutia, Inc. Achievement Award - Shelley L. Anna

U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)
Gallagher Young Investigator Award - Yongjie Jessica Zhang
Member-at-large, 2016 - Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Best Paper Awards

ASME Best Paper Award (ASME 2014 Design Theory and Methodology Conference) - Jonathan Cagan
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME 2012 Design Theory and Methodology Conference) - Jonathan Cagan 
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME 2011 Design Theory and Methodology Conference) - Jonathan Cagan 
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME 2008 Design Theory and Methodology Conference) - Jonathan Cagan 
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME Propulsion Technical Committee) - Jerry H. Griffin
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME Structures & Dynamics Committee) - Jerry H. Griffin
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME Design Automation Committee) - Jeremy J. Michalek
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME Design Automation Committee) - Kenji Shimada 
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME 2010 Design Automation Conference) - Jonathan Cagan
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME Heat Transfer Division 2015) - Alan McGaughey
ASME Best Paper Award (ASME Virtual Environments and Systems 2015) - Jonathan Cagan, Philip LeDuc
Autodesk Best Paper Award 1st Place (by SIAM Conference on Geometric & Physical Modeling 2015) - Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Best Medical Robotics Paper Award 2015 (IEEE Robotics & Automation Society) - Steve Collins
Best Biomimetics Paper (IEEE Robotics and Biomimetics Conference) - Metin Sitti
Best Paper Award (CompIMAGE'16 Conference) - Yongjie Jessica Zhang
Best Paper (IEEE Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems) - Cristina H. Amon
Best Paper (IEEE/RSJ Intelligent Robots and Systems Conference) - Metin Sitti
Best Paper Award in Design Computation, 2016 International Conference of Design Computation and Cognition - Jonathan Cagan
Best Paper Award in Design Cognition, 2012 International Conference of Design Computation and Cognition - Jonathan Cagan 
Distinguished Paper Award, 1996 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference - Jonathan Cagan 
Finalist, Best Paper in Automation Award, IEEE 2009 International Conference on Mechnatronics and Automation - Kenji Shimada
One of Five Most Highly Cited Papers Published in Computer-Aided Design, 2014-2016 - Yongjie Jessica Zhang
Reviewers' Favourite Award, 2015 International Conference on Engineering Design - Jonathan Cagan 
Reviewers' Favourite Award, 2013 International Conference on Engineering Design - Jonathan Cagan 
Xerox Best Paper Award, 1998 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference - Jonathan Cagan 
Best Video (IEEE Robotics and Automation Conference) - Metin Sitti

Other Awards

Carnegie Science Awards
Honorable Mention, Emerging Female Scientist, 2012 - Shelley Anna
Environmental Award, 2016 - Albert Presto

Pittsburgh Magazine
40 Under 40 Award - Philip R. LeDuc
40 Under 40 Award - Albert Presto