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June 9, 2006
Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

KU School of Engineering announces student, faculty awards

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Engineering honored about 300 students in a recognition ceremony in May at the Lied Center.

Nine seniors were honored as the outstanding graduating student in their particular discipline, and five faculty members received awards.

One of the outstanding graduating seniors, Shannon Sanderson Skoglund of Olathe, majoring in computer science, also received the Sammie and Carl Locke Award for outstanding graduating senior in the School of Engineering.

Students selected two faculty members for awards recognizing teaching and advising skills.

Marylee Z. Southard, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, received the $4,000 Gould Award for Teaching. Students noted that Southard keeps her classes involved by asking them questions — pushing them to think and search for new understanding — and that they can seek her advice and guidance on courses other than her own.

Kyle V. Camarda, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, received the $4,000 Gould Award for Outstanding Advising. Camarda encourages his students to take difficult courses that will apply to research or broaden a particular student’s knowledge of engineering. He is known for reminding students of aspects that create the well-rounded engineer: family, friends and hobbies.

Michael Detamore and Cory Berkland, both assistant professors of chemical and petroleum engineering, each received a $4,000 Miller Professional Development Award for Research. They were selected by a faculty committee.

In the two years since arriving at KU, Detamore has been involved in the development of the bioengineering program, leading the team to develop the biomaterials and tissue engineering track. He also is chair for an National Institutes of Health-supported international conference on temporomandibular joint disorders to take place this summer.

Berkland arrived at KU in 2004. His research in drug delivery bolsters KU’s existing strengths in pharmaceuticals. Berkland has submitted successful research proposals that are funded by COBRE, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation among others. He is principle investigator of projects funded for more than $675,000, with an additional $596,000 in funding to begin in July. Berkland’s research group consists of four postdoctoral research associates, four graduate research assistants and several undergraduate students.

Man Kong, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the John E. Sharp and Winifred E. Sharp Teaching Professorship. The award provides $5,000 for three years for personal use and access to $5,000 each of the three years for instructional development. Kong was selected by a faculty committee based on his demonstrated innovations to the curriculum, innovations in course delivery and outstanding classroom teaching evaluations. Although Kong teaches undergraduate courses that are considered among the more difficult the department offers, he continues to earn excellent evaluations from his students. Kong encourages open discourse with his students and strives to develop creative thinking by requiring independent research projects of his students. He has also received the department’s Harry Talley Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001 and a 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence.

The outstanding graduating seniors are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names and previous schools attended.

From Lawrence
Logan Curtis Johnson, mechanical engineering, son of Terry and Suzanne Johnson; home school.

From Leawood
Tyler James Waldorf, architectural engineering, son of Debra Waldorf; Blue Valley North High School.

From Olathe
Shannon Airen Sanderson Skoglund, computer science, daughter of Steven and Jennifer Sanderson; Olathe South High School.

Victoria Reiko Wigle, civil engineering, daughter of Stephen Wigle; bachelor’s degree in business administration from KU; Spring Hill High School.

From Hutchinson
Christopher Robin Schroeder, aerospace engineering, son of Thomas and Kathy Schroeder; Buhler High School.

From Wichita
Fabice Baljot, computer engineering; bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wichita State University; Wichita Southeast High School.

From Grand Forks
Joel T. Abrahamson, chemical engineering, son of Harmon and Julie Abrahamson; Red River Senior High School.

From Shatin
Tsz Ping “Charley” Chan, electrical engineering; Hong Kong High School.

From Mishref
Ta’lal Ali Alkhonaini, petroleum engineering.


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