2021 College Faculty and Staff Award Recipients

Attendees of the 2021 Virtual College Faculty and Staff Awards appear onscreen in Zoom.
Attendees of the 2021 Virtual College Faculty and Staff Awards appear onscreen in Zoom.

For nearly 30 years, faculty and staff of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering gathered on campus every spring to celebrate the outstanding achievements and overall excellence throughout the college.

That is, until 2020 and the pandemic derailed plans last spring.

Like most events at the time, the college was unable to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year. New faculty and staff also did not get their broad introductions to the community around them, a highlight of each year’s event.

It was not going to happen a second time. On Monday, March 22, the college made up for it with the first virtual engineering faculty and staff awards ceremony. Over 170 attendees from across the college’s departments and divisions attended the ceremony through Zoom.

Awards were given for staff and faculty accomplishments, along with recognition of patents and research awards by CSU Ventures.

An opportunity to see the whole college

For some staff members, the college-wide virtual event gave them a chance to see how many people are in the college.

Katharyn Peterman, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Department of Systems Engineering, started her new position a year ago during the first week CSU was fully online. Even with virtual meetings and events, she has not had many opportunities to meet others outside of her department.

“I really enjoyed the ceremony because it was my first time truly getting to see how many people are associated with the college,” Peterman said. “I loved getting to listen to and read everyone’s celebratory messages to the award winners.”

2020-2021 winners

This year’s staff and faculty award winners were featured throughout the event. Winners in each category are listed below. Winners from previous years can be found on the college website.

Faculty Awards

George T. Abell Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
John Volckens, Mechanical Engineering

Art Corey Award for Outstanding International Contributions
Branislav Notaros, Electrical and Computer Engineering

George T. Abell Award for Teaching and Mentoring
Sam Bechara, Mechanical Engineering

George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award
Jesse Wilson, Electrical and Computer Engineering

George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award
Bret Windom, Mechanical Engineering

George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award
Hussam Mahmoud, Civil and Environmental Engineering

George T. Abell Outstanding Research Faculty Award
Diego Krapf, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Excellence Award
Libby Barnes, Atmospheric Science

Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff Award
Tim Gonzales, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Outstanding Staff Award
John Seim, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Outstanding Staff Award – Rising Star
Laura Marker, Engineering Technology Services

Outstanding Researcher Award
Paul DeMott, Atmospheric Science

Outstanding Researcher Award
Ben Gadomski. Mechanical Engineering

Outstanding Researcher Award – Rising Star
Reed Hollinger, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Outstanding Service to Students
Claire Lavelle, Chemical and Biological Engineering