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SEAS Awards

The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award for Teaching
is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students in SEAS. This year's recipient is Dr. Nader Engheta, professor of electrical engineering. He received the B.S. degree in EE from the University of Tehran in 1978, the M.S. degree in EE and the Ph.D. degree in EE, both from Caltech in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He joined Penn's engineering faculty in 1987. He is also a member of the David Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences at Penn. Dr. Engheta has received numerous awards and distinctions for his scholarly research and teaching, such as an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, a Guggenheim Award in 1999, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989, the Fulbright Naples Chair Award in 1998, the UPS Foundation Distinguished Educator term chair for 1999- 2000, the Lindback Award, and the W. M. Keck Foundation's 1995 Engineering Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Engheta was a previous winner of the Warren Award in 1993. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.

His research interests and activities include electromagnetic waves and fields phenomena, biologically inspired polarimetric imaging and sensing, EM materials and high-frequency metamaterials, wave interaction with unconventional complex media and complex surfaces, antennas for wireless applications, fractional operators and fractional paradigm in electro-magnetics, optics, microwave, waveguides, scattering, diffraction and related areas.

The Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising
recognizes dedication to helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals. This year's recipient is Dr. James P. Ostrowski, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics (MEAM). Dr. Ostrowski also has a secondary appointment in Computer and Information Science and is a member of the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) Lab. He began his teaching career at Penn in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 1995 and his B.S. from Brown University in 1990. His general research interests lie in the area of nonlinear dynamics and control, with applications to robotics, locomotion, and visual servoing. He is currently working on robotic locomotion, control and motion planning methods for multiple robots, and vision-based control techniques for mobile and dynamic robotic systems. Dr. Ostrowski is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and received an NSF Career Award in 1999 for his work on modular mobile robots.

In nominating Dr. Ostrowski, a student said, "besides advising about classes, he helped me find and apply for a great summer research program…he is the perfect advisor, if there is a problem he will do all he can to help me solve it…"

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 34, May 21, 2002


May 21, 2002
Volume 48 Number 34

A National Medal of Science for a pioneering Penn physicist.

SEAS selects two recipients for its annual awards.
Wharton gives awards to dozens of its faculty.
The concern about bicyclists on campus picks up momentum.
Search Committees are formed to advise on selecting two new deans.
Next Tuesday is PPSA's annual meeting and election.
Baccalaureate and Commencement speeches and photographs.
University Council committee year-end reports on Bookstores, Communications, and Community Relations.
The largest voluntary canine blood donor program in the US gets new wheels.

Recognized Holidays for faculty and staff, and revisions to the Academic Calendar.

A dozen new CCTV locations for public spaces are added to those previously approved.