SoE Professors Receive 2021-2022 University-wide Faculty Year-End Excellence Awards

School of Engineering faculty Waheed Bajwa and Chung-Tse Michael Wu were among the recipients of Rutgers’ 2021-2021 Faculty Year-End Excellence Awards, at the first in-person ceremony in two years.  

“This is a moment we get to say thank you,” Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway said at the awards ceremony. “Thank you for your dedication to excellence and thank you for your commitment to your students. Thank you for your exemplary research and thank you for helping Rutgers change the world for the better.” 

Bajwa, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received the Presidential Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award. The award honors newly promoted or tenured faculty whose outstanding portfolios reflect outstanding research, scholarship, or creative work, as well as outstanding contributions to teaching and service to the Rutgers community and beyond.   

“Rutgers is home to an amazing group of faculty so to have been selected among this group as one of the five awardees this year for the Presidential Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award is quite a surreal and humbling feeling for both me and my family. While the award is a confirmation of the fact that my research and teaching activities during my eleven-year stay at Rutgers have been in the right direction, I owe this award to my students, research mentees, and academic mentors who have helped me be the faculty that I am,” says Bajwa.  

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Chung-Tse Michael Wu won the Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence. It honors distinguished newly-promoted and tenured faculty whose contributions to teaching during their early years at Rutgers have been truly outstanding.  

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award. First and foremost, I am grateful to Rutgers for providing us with great research environments that enable us to work on cutting-edge research projects in the field of electromagnetics,” says Wu. 

“Moreover, I feel fortunate that we have brilliant, capable students and researchers on our team who work tirelessly to deliver their best research outcomes. This award is a wonderful recognition of the research carried out by our entire group.”