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Awards and Honors

Faculty highlights

The NC State Belltower at dusk and night.
The NC State Belltower at dusk and night. Photo by Marc Hall

Hsiao receives 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship

Lilian Hsiao
Lilian Hsiao

Lilian Hsiao, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), was awarded a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry. She is the seventh faculty member from NC State to be awarded the fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and she will receive $75,000 for her research-related expenses.
Hsiao’s work focuses on advancing our fundamental understanding of microscopic forces in liquids and soft matter, and using that knowledge to engineer next-generation materials with unusual mechanical and structural properties.

Two receive NSF CAREER awards

Two faculty members from the College received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF CAREER Award is one of the most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. They receive their funding over five years from NSF.

Albert Keung

Albert Keung, assistant professor in CBE, will receive $825,816 for his project, “A Synthetic Biology Platform to Map and Engineer the Diverse Epigenetic Space.”

Bradley Reaves

Bradley Reaves, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, will receive $606,848 for his project, “Increasing Trust and Reducing Abuse in Telephone Networks.”

Two CCEE faculty members serve key White House roles

Joseph DeCarolis
Joseph DeCarolis

Joseph DeCarolis, professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the administrator of the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chris Frey

Chris Frey, Glenn E. and Phyllis J. Futrell Distinguished University Professor, is the current deputy assistant administrator for science policy in the Office of Research and Development. He is on leave from NC State during his appointment. He has also been nominated to be the assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development.

Two engineering faculty members named AAAS Fellows

Two engineering faculty members have been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2021.

Morton Barlaz
Morton Barlaz

Morton Barlaz, Distinguished University Professor and head of the CCEE department, for distinguished contributions to the field of environmental engineering, particularly for advancing understanding of solid waste engineering and related fundamental biological and chemical processes.

Ayman Hawari
Ayman Hawari

Ayman Hawari, Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and director of the nuclear reactor program, for distinguished contributions to the field of nuclear engineering, particularly for the development of research reactor experimental facilities and fundamental contributions to the understanding of thermal neutron scattering.

They are part of a group of eight new Fellows from NC State. AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, has been awarding fellowships since 1874.

Dickey receives 2021 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award

Michael Dickey
Michael Dickey

Michael Dickey, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor in CBE, is the 37th recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension. Dickey gave his award lecture — titled “Beyond the Terminator: Liquid Metals, Stretchable Electronics and Shape Changing Materials” — at the Talley Student Union in November.

The award, established in 1981, honors a College of Engineering faculty member who has demonstrated superiority in several areas of activity that relate to NC State’s three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension.

Dickey, who came to NC State in 2008, is an international expert and leading researcher on liquid metals based on gallium. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University in 2012 and the eponymous Outstanding Research Mentor Award in 2020.

Kish named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Fred Kish
Fred Kish

Fred Kish, M.C. Dean Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in its 2021 class.

Kish, who joined the NC State faculty in 2019, is the director of NC State’s Nanofabrication Facility. His research interests are in photonic integrated circuits, light-emitting diodes and Al-bearing III-V native-oxide technology.

The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.