President Kevin J Worthen welcomed Brigham Young University faculty and staff members back to campus and presented the annual awards during his Annual University Conference address Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Three faculty and one staff member from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology were honored.
Kenneth P. Forster, mechanical engineering, received the President’s Appreciation Award. This award recognizes staff and administrative personnel for exceptional service, creativity, and competence. He receives this award after 43 years of dedicated service to the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, where he served as the mechanical engineering projects lab supervisor.
Randy S. Lewis, chemical engineering, received the Phi Kappa Phi Award, an award presented to those who have achieved excellence in scholarly and creative endeavors, exemplifies integrity, and has contributed to BYU through citizenship and service. Dr. Lewis currently serves as the Department of Chemical Engineering’s chair, and has been instrumental in dealing with a 40 percent increase in the number of undergraduate students in the department. He has been a champion of humanitarian service learning in his department and college and he helps students perform engineering service projects worldwide. He has served on several national committees in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and currently serves as chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee. He is currently a commissioner for the Engineering Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Randy’s research area of biofermentation for liquid chemicals from nonfood crop biomass is of national interest.
Aaron R. Hawkins, electrical and computer engineering, has been honored with the Sponsored Research Recognition Award. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding achievement in scholarly activities funded by external sponsors or who give significant service in support of sponsored research and creative programs.
Anton E. Bowden, mechanical engineering, is the recipient of the Technology Transfer Award, an award that recognizes faculty members who have made significant research contributions that have led to the development of useful commercial products.