Spotlight

Illinois faculty are regularly recognized with awards and honors at every stage of their careers.

Read about recent faculty achievements below.

Keeping the Office of the Provost updated about achievements helps us to recognize and publicize them. To notify our office of a recent award or honor, please use this online form.

Dipanjan Pan, bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Heart Association in the AHA’s Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences.
Nam Sung Kim, electrical & computer engineering, has been inducted into the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Hall of Fame.
Andrew Ferguson, materials science & engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation, from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
William Gropp, computer science, has been named the recipient of the 2016 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award.
Cecilia Leal, materials science & engineering, is a recipient of the 2016 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.
Andrew Alleyne, mechanical science & engineering, was awarded the 2016 Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 
Yuhang Hu and Kelly Stephani, mechanical science & engineering, were awarded grants from the Air Force Young Investigator Research Program.
Nick Holonyak, Jr. (professor emeritus), electrical & computer engineering, has been selected to receive the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering.
Mani Golparvar-Fard, civil & environmental engineering, has won the 2016 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Qian Chen, materials science & engineering, has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Ying Diao, chemical & biomolecular engineering, has been recognized as a pioneer on the MIT Technology Review list of “Innovators Under 35.”
Tao Xie, computer science, was honored with a Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award.
Robyn Gobin, kinesiology & community health, was awarded the 2016 Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Andrew Leakey, plant biology, received the Calvin-Benson Award for early career research from the International Society for Photosynthesis Research.
Madhu Khanna, agricultural & consumer economics, was named a Fellow of the American Applied Economics Association.
Philip Garcia, agricultural & consumer economics, received the American Applied Economics Association Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award.
Philip Garcia and Scott Irwin, agricultural & consumer economics, received the American Applied Economics Association Quality of Research Discovery Award.
The American Applied Economics Association honored the following agricultural & consumer economics faculty and staff as a group (along with colleagues at several other institutions) for the “Farm Policy Decision Aid” outreach program: Mark Althouse, Ryan Batts, Jonathan Coppess, Stu Ellis, Andy Goers, Scott Irwin, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Bruce Sherrick.
The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) was awarded the Leadership in Diversity Award  by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association for its Information Accessibility Design and Policy professional certificate program.
Brendan Harley, chemical & biomolecular engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 22nd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.
William Hammack, chemical & biomolecular engineering, and Donald DeCoste, chemistry, launched a new companion book to Hammack’s Engineer Guy YouTube series: The Chemical History of a Candle.
Paul Braun, materials science & engineering, has been selected to serve as the next director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL).
Jennifer Bernhard, college of engineering, has been elected to the ASEE Engineering Research Council Executive Board of Directors for 2016-2019.
Anne Sautman, Krannert Art Museum, has been named 2016 Museum Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.