Faculty News: Awards & Honors

April 27, 2017  — Woo Hyoung Lee, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering received the College of Engineering & Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board  Faculty Fellow Award in recognition of the remarkable academic work and commitment to UCF and its students.

April 5, 2017Damla Turgut, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, won the College Excellence in Research Award at the full professor level.

April 5, 2017  — Mubarak Shah, professor, Department of Computer Science, won the College Excellence in Research Award at the full professor level.

March 23, 2017 — Laurene Tetard, associate professor, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, has been selected to receive the College of Engineering & Computer Science Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Appreciation Award. This award is given annually to recognize those who have committed their time or collaborated with our office to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in engineering.

Feb. 24, 2017 — Ranganathan Kumar, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, joined the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports; an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature. His job as a board member will be to review papers in his areas of expertise, including fluid mechanics and dynamics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer.

Jan. 11, 2017 — Naveen Eluru, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, has been awarded the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Statistical Methods (ABJ80) Committee 2016 Best Paper Award for his paper titled “Ordered Fractional Split Approach for Aggregate Injury Severity Modeling.”

Dec. 18, 2016  Joseph LaViola, professor, Department of Computer Science, along with doctorate student Kyle Martin, received best paper award for the paper: “The Transreality Interaction Platform: Enabling Interaction Across Physical and Virtual Reality” at The 9th IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings 2016).

Nov. 30, 2016 Pamela Wisniewski, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, received $10,360 in new funding from the Florida High Tech Corridor Industry Matching Program for a project titled: “Bogen Usability Testing: A Proof-of-Concept for Building an Industry User Experience (UX) Lab @ UCF”.

Nov. 28, 2016Ni-Bin Chang, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, has been awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences in the European Academy of Sciences for his outstanding contributions to Environmental Sustainability, Green Engineering, and Systems Analysis.

Oct. 17, 2016 Yier Jin, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recieved a DoE Early Career Award for his project, entitled “Resilient and Robust High Performance Computing Platforms for Scientific Computing Integrity,” aims at developing a secure high performance computing (HPC) platform that ensures the application results are correct in the presence of errors/faults/attacks and sensitive data will not be leaked. This research, if successful, will offer solid solutions to improve the levels of performance, reliability and security of HPC.

Oct. 1, 2016 Kevin Mackie, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, has been named chair American Society of Civil Engineering Technical Activities Division Task Committee on Dynamic Effects.

Oct. 1, 2015 Steven Duranceau, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the 2015 Best Paper Award (as a co-Author with graduate student Ben Yoakum), Florida Section American Water Works Association’s Fall 2015 Conference.

Aug. 24, 2015 — Pamela McCauley, professor, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, has been awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship with the U.S. State Department for the 2015-2016 term. The Jefferson Science Fellowship program serves as an innovative model for engaging the American academic science and engineering communities in U.S. foreign policy.

June 13, 2015 — Debra R. Reinhart, professor,Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, has been named a 2015 Fellow by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Reinhart is also assistant vice president for Research, Office of Research and Commercialization at UCF.

May 24, 2015 — Kalpathy Sundaram, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the 2015 Dielectric Science and Technology Division Thomas D. Callinan Award, emblematic of excellence in dielectrics and insulation investigations. Sundaram is also a graduate coordinator in the department.

May 23, 2015Haitham Al-Deek, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was the Keynote Speaker at the 7th Traffic Safety Conference organized by the Jordan Traffic Institute, title of Professor Al-Deek’s speech was “Innovative Research Methodology and Countermeasures for Combating Wrong-Way Driving,”

April 1, 2015 Kevin Mackie, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, has been named chair of the American Concrete Institute’s Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Bridges for a three-year term. Mackie is also associate chair of the department.

March 1, 2015 Mohammed Abdel-Aty, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the University 2014 award for “Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students”, recipient in the disciplinary grouping of “Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences”.

Feb. 11, 2015Haitham Al-Deek, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, TV Channel 9 (ABC News) Central Florida broadcast on Professor Al-Deek’s research findings on Wrong-Way Driving aired at five different times.

Feb. 6, 2015 Steven Duranceau, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the College Distinguished Researcher Award.

Feb. 1, 2015Ni-Bin Chang, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was a fellow at the the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Jan. 1, 2015Amir Behzadan, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the Teaching Incentive Program Award from the University of Central Florida.

Jan. 1, 2015 Woo Hyoung Lee, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was awarded the ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program.

Jan. 1, 2015 — Necati Catbas, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the Plaque of Appreciation at the Keynote Presentation at International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, (ICOCEE – Cappadocia 2015).

Jan. 1, 2015 Naveen Eluru, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the TRB Committee ANB20 2015 Young Researcher Paper Award for the paper “A Copula Based Joint Model of Injury Severity and Vehicle Damage in Two-Vehicle Crashes”

Jan. 1, 2015 Mohammed Abdel-Aty, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the two best papers selected by the Transportation Research Board’s Safety Performance Committee (out of 65 papers), 

Oct. 24, 2014Kevin Mackie, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the faculty excellence award, Corporate Affiliate Board, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida.

Aug. 1, 2014 Woo Hyoung Lee, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received  the InnoCentive Challenge Award, New Insights into Fluoride Delivery from Toothpaste (#9933557), Aug., 2014 (one of 3 awardees among 287 submissions)

March 24, 2014Lindwood Jones, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the MICRORAD 2013 Best Poster Award – Third Place: “Application of the AQ Rain Accumulation Product for Investigation of Rain Effects of AQ Sea Surface Salinity Measurements,” at the Proc. IEEE 13th Specialist Meeting MICRORAD in Pasadena, CA.

March 4, 2014Nicos Makris, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom, under the competitive Newton Research Collaboration Program. The Newton program is a component of the Newton Fund, which aims to develop science and innovation partnerships to promote the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

March 12, 2014 — Haitham Al-Deek, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was the keynote speaker at the 4th Jordan International Conference and Exhibition for Roads & Traffic “High Priority Issues in the Future Transport Sector,” in Amman, Jordan.

March 1, 2014 — Pamela McCauley, professor, Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, was awarded the 2013 Women of M2M: Top Women in Technology Award presented by Connected World Magazine in recognition of her contributions in technology in Chicago, IL.

Feb. 20, 2014 — Ni-Bin Chang, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award from Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom.

Jan. 1, 2014  — Quanfang Chen, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was Elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Jan. 1, 2014 — Haitham Al-Deek, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was awarded the Best Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations (RTSMO) paper Award for 2013, Transportation Research Board RTSMO Committee.

Jan. 1, 2014 — Necati Catbas, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was Elected Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute.

Jan. 1, 2014 Charles Hughes, professor, Department of Computer Science, TeachLivE was selected by New Schools Venture Funds for 2013 Learning to Teach Impact Award.

Jan. 1, 2014Naveen Eluru, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the 2014 Transportation Research Board Data Contest: Best Professor-Led Paper.

Dec. 26, 2013 — Suryanarayana Challapalli, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was invited to be the Chief Guest of the Inaugural Function of the Technical Fest ‘TECHNOZION’ at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India.

Dec. 4, 2013 Charles Hughes, professor, Department of Computer Science, received the 2013 National Training and Simulations Associate Governor’s Award for Excellence in Modeling and Simulations.

Dec. 1, 2013 — Amir Behzadan, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was the keynote speaker at the VI Conference on Information Technology and Communication in Construction (TIC 2013), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil.

Dec. 1, 2013 — Necati Catbas, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Oct. 27, 2013 Scott Hagen, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Oct. 1, 2013  — Necati Catbas, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Institute of Structural Engineers, UK and Togji University.

Aug. 8, 2013  — Suryanarayana Challapalli, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was invited to participate in the signing of MOU between the University of Missouri at Columbia and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Government of Iraq.

May 29, 2013Issa Batarseh, professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was the Lead Panel Speaker on the “Internationalization of Higher Education” at the First Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education, University of Barcelona.

May 1, 2013 — Christopher Geiger, associate professor, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems. was elected Vice President Southeastern Regional Institute of Industrial Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Feb. 20, 2013 — Ali Gordon, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the Central Florida Engineer’s Week Award for Technical Excellence in Academica.

Jan. 1, 2013 — Necati Catbas, associate professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, was elected to Executive Board of Society of Experimental Mechanics.

Jan. 1, 2013 — Suryanarayana Challapalli, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. for innovative, persistent, and dedicated efforts to advance scientific research collaboration between the U.S. and Iraq.

Jan. 1, 2013Damian Dechev, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, received the Best Paper Award at the 13th IEEE International Conference on Embedded Computer Systems: Architectures, Modeling, and Simulations (SAMOS XIII).