Award record reached

According to a recent announcement by the National Science Foundation, Rensselaer tied with Cornell University for the most Faculty Career Development award winners in New York State with eight by each.

The eight CAREER award winners, a record number for RPI for any year since the inception of the CAREER award’s program in 1995, helped New York state to climb from fifth in the country in 1999 to second this year in total CAREER award winners. Only the state of California had more NSF CAREER award winners.

Rensselaer Provost G.P. “Bud” Peterson said, “In selecting these eight individuals from Rensselaer, The National Science Foundation is recognizing not only their contributions to date, but more importantly their tremendous potential for future contributions.”

As NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty members, the award was presented to Wilfredo “Freddie” Colón, assistant professor of chemistry; Wesley Huang, assistant professor of computer science; Kenneth Jansen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; James “Chip” Kilduff, Kodak assistant professor of environmental engineering; Ganapathiraman Ramanath, assistant professor of materials science and engineering; Julie Stenken, assistant professor of chemistry; Thomas Pok-Yin Yu, assistant professor of mathematics; and Mourad Zeghal, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

Nationwide, 409 junior faculty members in science and engineering were honored, including eight from both Stanford and Carnegie Mellon, five from the University of Michigan and Harvard, and 10 from MIT.

For the complete list of N.Y. state’s NSF CAREER winners go to the web page, state0.htm#ny.