Faculty News 2013: Awards & Honors

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).