School of Engineering Honors Faculty Excellence

Professors Raychaudhuri and Fabris Rocognized at Annual School Awards Reception

The Rutgers University School of Engineering celebrated the 2017 Faculty Award winners, following a nomination and selection process that included the School’s faculty, alumni, and friends. In recognition of their contributions to the School of Engineering through their achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service Dipanakar Raychaudhuri, distinguished professor of electical and computer engineering, has been named Faculty of the Year and Laura Fabris, associate professor of materials science and engineering, is the Outstanding Engineering Faculty

“These awards are a source of great pride to the School of Engineering and the awardees are representative of the skills and accomplishments of our faculty,” said Thomas N. Farris, dean of the School of Engineering.  “In addition to recognizing the outstanding educational commitment of our faculty, the awards are also an excellent opportunity to highlight the leading-edge research that is taking place within the School of Engineering and in partnership with industry.”

The Outstanding Engineering Faculty awardee is nominated by a department chair and selected by the School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board. The Faculty of the Year awardee may be nominated by any member of the Rutgers engineering community and is selected by a committee which includes previous recipients of the School of Engineering’s Medal of Excellence and Faculty of the Year awards. Recipients receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to further their scholarship and research activities.

Faculty of the Year: Dipanakar Raychaudhuri

Dipanakar Raychaudhuri is a distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, having played an integral role in the engineering community since he joined Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2001. Director of the internationally-recognized Wireless Information Network Lab (WINLAB), Raychaudhuri serves as principal investigator for several multi-institutional projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These include MobilityFirst, which revolves around designing future Internet architecture (FIA)­, and ORBIT—geared toward developing an open-access wireless network testbed.

Active in technology entrepreneurship, Raychaudhuri is the technical advisor for several government organizations and companies. He has written over 200 journal and conference papers, as well as 10 book chapters, on research areas that include future network architectures and protocols, wireless systems and technology, experimental prototyping and network research testbeds. In addition, Raychaudhuri coauthored Emerging Wireless Technologies and the Future Mobile Internet, published in 2011. He holds 15 patents on topics including broadband wireless networks, MAC protocols, digital video, and VSAT networks. 

Outstanding Engineering Faculty: Laura Fabris
 
Laura Fabris is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Fabris Research Group. She arrived at Rutgers in 2009, specializing in plasmonic nanoparticles with an emphasis on gold, silver, and aluminum. Fabris is part of a multidisciplinary team of virologists, evolutionary biologists, mathematicians, and materials scientists joining forces across the country to design therapeutic interfering particles (TIPS) as part of the $5.2 million INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT) program. Fabris and her team will soon receive a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to monitor mutations in the influenza virus using gold nanoparticles with unprecedented sensitivity. She has written over 30 articles and received dozens of invitations to share her research around the world.
 
Promotions and Reappointments          
The School of Engineering is also pleased to announce the following faculty promotions and reappointments:
 
Promotion to Distinguished Professor
Marianthi Ierapetritou Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Athina Petropulu Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
Promotion to Associate Professor
Waheed Uz Zaman Bajwa Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
F. Javier Diez-Garias Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Meenakshi Dutt Associate Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Myong Kee Jeong Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Deirdre O’Carroll Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Mark Pierce Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Hao Wang Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Saman Zonouz Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
 
Reappointments
Xiaoli Bai Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ashutosh Goel Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Ilker Hacihaliloglu Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mehdi Javanmard Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Peter Jin Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Howon Lee Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Xiang Liu Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ronke Olabisi Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Anand Sarwate Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering