Winners Circle

Monday, December 18, 2017

John BowersJohn Bowers, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency, received a Central Coast Innovation Award from the Pacific Coast Business Times.


Brad ChmelkaBrad Chmelka, Professor, Chemical Engineering; Director, Institute for Collaborative Biology, was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering, founded in 1919 as the world's first engineering academy.


Larry ColdrenLarry Coldren, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2017 Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award from the Optical Society of America, for significant contributions to semiconductor-based optical devices and materials.


Craig HawkerCraig Hawker, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials, won the 2017 Overberger Prize from the American Chemical Society, recognizing his groundbreaking polymer research.


Carlos LeviCarlos G. Levi, Professor, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, was named the inaugural recipient of a new UCSB professorship, the Mehrabian Endowed Chair in Materials.


Igor Mezic

Igor Mezic, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, received a 2017 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellowship Award for his long-term contributions to applied mathematics.


Umesh MishraUmesh Mishra, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2017 Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.


Sanjit MitraSanjit Mitra, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Activities Board Vice President’s Award for his work in circuits, systems, and signal processing.


Yasamin MostofiYasamin Mostofi, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Control Systems Society.


Shuji NakamuraShuji Nakamura, Nobel laureate and Professor, Materials, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Mountbatten Medal from the Great Britain–based Institution of Engineering and Technology, in recognition of his pioneering work in developing LEDs.

Michelle O'MalleyMichelle O’Malley, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, was one of thirteen university faculty members in the United States to receive a 2017 Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award from the Dreyfus Foundation. 


Sumita PennathurSumita Pennathur, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, was one of only two scientists in the U.S. to receive a prestigious 2017 Visionary Award and a five-year, $1.635 million research grant from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Tresa PollockTresa Pollock, Professor, Materials, received one of thirteen 2017 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense. The fellowship includes $3 million to fund five years of Pollock’s research to discover new materials that could operate in extreme environments.

Ram Seshadri

Ram Seshadri, Professor, Materials, was named the first Linda R. Wudl Chair for Materials. The chair supports a CoE Materials faculty member whose interdisciplinary scholarship merits a joint appointment in the life sciences or physical sciences.

Igor Mezic

M. Scott Shell, Professor, Chemical Engineering, received the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum Impact Award, for “outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering.”