Dean Farris Announces 2020 Faculty Honorees

On behalf of the School of Engineering, Dean Tom Farris recently announced the 2020 faculty award honorees, following a nomination and selection process that included the School’s faculty and alumni. In recognition of their contributions to the School of Engineering through their achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service Susan L. Albin, professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been named Faculty of the Year and Joseph W. Freeman, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will receive the Outstanding Engineering Faculty award.

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 a financial award to further their scholarship and research activities.

Faculty of the Year: Susan L. Albin

Susan L. Albin’s outstanding record as one of the top researchers in quality and reliability engineering and operations research is reflected in the number of publications, invited presentations, research awards, and successful doctoral graduates who have advanced academically and professionally. Since joining Rutgers Engineering following a technical career at Bell Labs, Dr. Albin has played a leading role in establishing the ISE graduate education and research program in the area of quality and reliability engineering as one of the leading institutions in the field. From 2014-2017 she served as co-chair of the Instructional Technology Strategic Planning committee at Rutgers University where she contributed to developing a tactical institutional plan for the design, implementation, and assessment of innovative instructional technology. She is a fellow of IISE and recently was named a fellow of INFORMS. Dr. Albin is also committed to student success and a passionate advocate for women in engineering and STEM, lending her enthusiastic leadership, voice, and support to numerous initiatives, and advocating for diversity at all levels.

Outstanding Engineering Faculty: Joseph W. Freeman

Joseph W. Freeman is recognized for his impactful contributions to the field of biomechanics and biomaterials. He joined Rutgers in 2011 after spending time as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia and then as assistant professor at Virginia Tech. He currently directs a highly productive and innovative laboratory centered around musculoskeletal tissue engineering, repair, and regeneration with a strong focus towards translational research. His is an author or co-author of numerous publications and his work has been supported by federal agencies, including NSF, NIH, USDA. Dr. Freeman’s research includes the development of pre-vascularized, loadbearing, regenerative bone implants; the design and fabrication of contractile scaffolds for skeletal muscle regeneration; injectable treatments to enhance tissue strength; novel scaffolds for ligament and tendon replacement and regeneration; and tissue engineered tumor models. He has been cited for academic leadership, his extensive research scholarship, and leading a diverse cohort of trainees to whom he provides a research environment that contributes to their professional and personal growth and prepares them for their future careers.

In an email to staff congratulating this year's honored faculty, Dean Farris noted, "Recognizing the outstanding work that is accomplished by our School of Engineering faculty is a highlight of my role as dean. This year has been a challenging one for all of us, but I am proud of how we are working together to provide our students with an exemplary virtual education and excellent Rutgers engineering experience."

"I look forward to celebrating Susan and Joseph with all of you at a time when we are back on campus," he continued. "In the meantime, please join me in congratulating them both and recognizing their contributions on behalf of the School of Engineering."