School of Engineering Embarks on First Hong Kong Student Exchange

School of Engineering Embarks on First Hong Kong Student Exchange


Kaman and Burns Awards Granted to Outstanding ong>Engineeringong> Faculty

Each year to honor faculty for the excellence ong>ofong>

their research and teaching, the ong>Schoolong> ong>ofong>

ong>Engineeringong> presents the Kaman Awards and

Burns Faculty Fellowships. For 2007–2008, John

Judge, Ph.D., assistant prong>ofong>essor ong>ofong> mechanical

engineering, received the 2008 Kaman Award for

Faculty Excellence in Research, and Gunnar Lucko,

Ph.D., assistant prong>ofong>essor ong>ofong> civil engineering

received the 2008 Kaman Award for Faculty

Excellence in Teaching. Ozlem Kilic, Ph.D., assistant

prong>ofong>essor ong>ofong> electrical engineering, and Joseph

Vignola, Ph.D., assistant prong>ofong>essor ong>ofong> mechanical

engineering, received Burns Fellowships.

■ Judge was honored for his research on sensor

technology, which could help soldiers avoid

the types ong>ofong> blasts that have caused brain

injuries in the Iraq war. He also recently

received a CAREER award from the National

Science Foundation, which will support his

research on dynamics ong>ofong> microresonator

arrays. Judge is principal investigator or

co-principal investigator on three additional

grants, collaborating with other faculty

members working on detection ong>ofong> landmines

and improvised explosives as well as development

ong>ofong> sensors mentioned above.

■ Lucko directs the Construction ong>Engineeringong>

and Management Program ong>ofong> the Department

ong>ofong> Civil ong>Engineeringong>. In addition to his regular

courses, he has taught “Disaster-Mitigating

Design and Practice for the Developing

World,” which he developed with teaching

grant funding. Lucko’s students consistently

rank him highly on his end-ong>ofong>-semester

teaching evaluations. More over, he is well

liked by students. He advises four doctoral

students and directs five master’s theses. He

also serves as faculty adviser for the ASCE

Student Chapter and the Engineers Without

Borders student chapter and is lead mentor in

the ACE Mentor Program for Greater


■ Kilic and Vignola were named 2008 Burns

Fellows. To be named a Burns Fellow, faculty

members must submit a proposal outlining

their research plan and be chosen by a

selection committee. This year, the selection

committee received six proposals. Kilic’s

proposal, “Collective Scattering Effects ong>ofong>

Plasmonic Nanoparticles,” considers the

medical applications ong>ofong> nanoparticles in treating

cancer. She proposes to develop an analytical

model to investigate the potential applications.

■ Vignola’s proposal, “The Effect Of Atmospheric

Turbulence on Performance ong>ofong> A Long-Range

Laser Doppler Vibrometer,” proposes to

construct a long-range laser vibrometer to

investigate issues related to the performance

ong>ofong> interferometric detection ong>ofong> structures that

camouflage improvised explosive devices.

The Kaman Awards for Faculty Excellence are

funded by a generous endowment from Charles

H. Kaman (B.A.E. 1940). The Burns Faculty

Fellowship was established in 2007 by a generous

endowment ong>ofong> the Burns family.

(From left) Prong>ofong>essors Joseph Vignola, Gunnar Lucko and John Judge.

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