BYU faculty and staff honored at Annual University Conference

Five engineering faculty members received recognition

President Cecil O. Samuelson welcomed Brigham Young University faculty and staff members back to campus and presented the annual awards during his Annual University Conference address Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Five faculty members from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology were honored.

Michael A. Jensen, electrical and computer engineering, was honored with a University Professorship, an award that encourages and acknowledges senior faculty who are outstanding scholars, teachers, and university citizens.  Dr. Jensen has served BYU and its students for nearly 20 years.  His pioneering contributions in the area of wireless communications have established him as an international expert.  He has delivered six keynote conference addresses and authored over 240 articles.  He has also mentored 23 graduate students and many undergraduate students using support from over $8.6 million in external research funding.

William G. Pitt, chemical engineering, received the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts award.  Since joining the chemical engineering faculty in 1987, Dr. Pitt has supervised $3.5 million in research funds, serving as an advisor to 31 graduate students.  He is noted for research in areas of polymeric biomedical materials and drug delivery.  His recent research focuses on ultrasonic-enhanced drug delivery, which may permit the delivery of chemotheraputic drugs to the sites of cancerous tumors without affecting the rest of the body.  His creativity and productivity are evidenced by his seven patents and 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited nearly 3,000 times.

Daniel Maynes, mechanical engineering, was presented with the Phi Kappa Phi Award, given to faculty members who have achieved excellence in scholarly and creative endeavors, exemplifies integrity and has contributed to BYU through citizenship and service.  Dr. Maynes' excellent contributions in teaching, research and citizenship have made a positive impact on students and the university community.  He shows respect for students by having high expectations for their academic performance and by giving sustained personal effort to motivate them and help them achieve these expectations.  He is also an excellent researcher with an outstanding record of externally-funded research that has been published in highly cited articles in top-tier archival journals. 

Christopher Mattson, mechanical engineering, received the BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award for outstanding contributions as a junior faculty member.

Thomas A. Knotts IV, chemical engineering, was honored with a Teaching and Learning Fellowship made possible by the sacrifice and efforts by BYU's support services in providing transfer positions and budget to enhance teaching and learning.

For more information on other awards, please visit the University Annual Conference page




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