Recognizing employee excellence

Sep 24, 2009

Kettering University recognized eight faculty and three staff members for professional excellence at the Fourth Annual University Conference Sept. 23.

Faculty and staff were recognized for professional excellence at the Fourth Annual University Conference Sept. 23. Eight faculty members and three staff members were honored by President Dr. Stan Liberty and Provost Dr. Michael Harris. Conferred were teaching awards, researcher awards and the staff Pillars awards.

Conferred were awards for teaching, educational innovation and professional excellence. This year three individuals were selected by a group of their peers to receive teaching awards, one was selected for the Tutt Award for Innovation, one for the Educational Scholar award and four were selected to receive recognition for their research.

The teaching award recipients were:
Dr. Ruben Hayrapetyan, professor of Mathematics, was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award for enabling students to successfully learn subject matter in challenging advanced applied mathematics courses; for setting high standards and compassionately encouraging  and enabling students to meet them.

Dr. Robert McAllister (aka Doc Mac), associate professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, was awarded and Outstanding Teaching Award. He has been an integral part of the university since July 1977 utilizing his thorough knowledge of chemistry and sharp wit to engage students.  McAllister has taught more than 15 different courses at Kettering and participates in numerous outreach activities including AIM, and Kamp Kettering.

Dr.  Matthew Sanders, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award for his ability to teach a large variety of courses both inside and outside of his own department, and ensuring that in each course students thoroughly learn the subject matter. Many alumni and current students credit their success to his sound advice, and mentoring.

The Tutt and Educational Scholar award recipients were:
Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, associate professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, received the Tutt Award for Innovation, recognizing excellence in teaching innovation. She spearheaded a successful effort resulting in the creation of a multi-departmental, multi-disciplinary course that spans the university: IME 540 - Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing. 

Dr. Montserrat Rabago-Smith, assistant professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, was honored with the Educational Scholar award, recognizing faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the scholarship of teaching & learning. Rabago-Smith worked with Educational Scholar – Dr. Jennifer Aurandt, assistant professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, to enhance a course that is required of all Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students at Kettering University, Industrial Organic Chemistry. This enhancement led to the development of a new course focusing on pollution prevention, green chemistry and green engineering.

The teaching awards have been facilitated by Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) since 2006. The recipients are chosen by a selection committee consisting of a peer group of previous awardees.

The researcher award recipients were:
Dr. Susanta Das, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, received an Outstanding New Researcher award for his significant contributions in the area of the development of PEM fuel cells and renewable energy systems.

Dr. Yaomin Dong, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, received an Outstanding New Researcher award for significant contributions in the area of the development of wiper systems, energy recovery and design and modeling with metal and composite materials.

Dr. Yuri, Sikorski, associate professor of Physics, was recognized with the Outstanding Applied Researcher Award for his substantial contributions to the area of photonics and integrated optics.

Dr. Matthew Sanders, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, was selected as the Rodes Professor for his project entitled, “Geothermal Heating System.” The Rodes professorship is named for former University President Harold P. “Dusty” Rodes, and provides financial support for continued research.

Staff members (non-faculty) were recognized for the first time, for professional excellence with the Pillar of Quality Award, Pillar of Excellence Award and The Pillar of Service Award.

The staff awards recipients were:
Camilla Kemp, interim Compensation analyst in Human Resources, received the Pillar of Quality for outstanding performance, work quality, and reliability within the respective job description.

Ricky Brown, associate director of Minority Student Affairs in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, received the Pillar of Excellence, conferred upon a staff member who goes above and beyond their respective job description by engaging in additional projects, committees, assignments, activities, organizations, or the community beyond their job duties

Mary Sue Holmes, associate Information analyst in Graduate Studies, received the Pillar of Service, for dedication to customer service and for demonstrated exceptional customer service to the Kettering customer.