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Jonsson School Recognizes Staff, Faculty and Researchers at Annual Ceremony

Jonsson School Recognizes Staff, Faculty and Researchers at Annual Ceremony

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas recently honored staff, teaching assistants and faculty at its annual appreciation awards celebration in May. Award winners were nominated by their peers for their outstanding performance. Dr. Poras T. Balsara, interim dean of the Jonsson School, expressed gratitude for the ways staff and faculty have persevered through challenges and enhanced the Jonsson School.

Dr. Poras T. Balsara

Dr. Poras T. Balsara

“We have had a busy, full year, and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the School as Interim Dean,” Balsara said. “It has been my pleasure to work alongside you and to help move our school forward.”

Balsara highlighted the work of event organizers surrounding the Jonsson School’s special community events including the annual Explore Engineering Day held during the national Engineers’ Week, as well as a recent Women in Technology panel discussion held in April. Both community events required support from faculty and staff members from across the Jonsson School and University.

Faculty members, teaching assistants and researchers were selected based on student feedback as well as teaching and research records. Department leaders each honored faculty and teaching assistants for promoting a student-centered, collaborative work environment. The faculty research recipients were also recognized for their publications, research influence and involvement in professional organizations.

Annual Jonsson School Awards

Outstanding Staff Awards

Jerry Alexander

Jerry Alexander
assistant dean for student development

Gopal Gupta

Luis Dantan
administrative assistant, mechanical engineering

Tonya Griffin

Tonya Griffin
assistant director, materials science and engineering

Norma Richardson

Norma Richardson
administrative services officer, computer science

Anricka Ziller

Anricka Ziller
events planner, dean's staff

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Ye (Michael) Choi

Ye (Michael) Choi
electrical and computer engineering

Alex Gemsheim

Alex Gemsheim
electrical and computer engineering

Genya Ishigaki

Genya Ishigaki
computer science

Lin Jiang

Lin Jiang
mechanical engineering

Hemant Malik

Hemant Malik
computer science

Ryan Everett Morton

Ryan Everett Morton
systems engineering

Aliehsan Samiei

Aliehsan Samiei
computer science

Tarik Shihabeddin

Tarik Shihabeddin
bioengineering

Ashkan Yousefpour

Ashkan Yousefpour
computer science

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Awards

Dr. Bilal Akin

Dr. Bilal Akin
associate professor of electrical and computer engineering

Dr. Tariq Ali

Dr. Tariq Ali
senior lecturer in bioengineering

Dr. Lev Gelb

Dr. Lev Gelb
materials science and engineering

Dr. Richard Goodrum

Dr. Richard Goodrum
senior lecturer in electrical and computer engineering

Dr. Randy Lehmann

Dr. Randy Lehmann
senior lecturer, electrical engineering

Dr. Vincent Ng

Dr. Vincent Ng
professor of computer science

Dr. Hui Ouyang

Dr. Hui Ouyang
senior lecturer in mechanical engineering

Jason Smith

Jason Smith
senior lecturer in computer science

Assistant Professor Research Award

Dr. Taylor Ware

Dr. Taylor Ware
bioengineering

Associate Professor Research Award

Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega

Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega
bioengineering

Full Professor Research Award

Dr. Reza Moheimani

Dr. Reza Moheimani
systems engineering


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