Faculty, staff honored at annual college awards dinner

Members of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology faculty and staff were honored at the college’s annual awards dinner Mar. 11. 

Each year, the college recognizes one outstanding staff and administrative staff member and three faculty members for excellence in scholarship, education and citizenship, respectively.  Employees are also given awards for years of service to the university. Additionally, each engineering department and the School of Technology award one outstanding faculty member.

After the dinner and awards ceremony, renowned fantasy artist James Christensen delivered the keynote address.  The former BYU professor discussed the creativity process.

The 2010 award recipients:


Excellence in Scholarship Award

Larry L. Howell

In recognition of exemplary leadership in scholarship across the college, combined with strong teaching and unselfish work in administration and citizenship.

Excellence in Education Award

Randy S. Lewis

Recognized for his significant impact on the education of students in Chemical Engineering at BYU, as well as his impact on students in other college disciplines and at other universities

Excellence in Citizenship Award  

E. James Nelson

In recognition of excellence in citizenship, both within and without the college, that has long-standing and recognized value to students, faculty, college programs and his profession.


Outstanding Staff Award

Joseph Bussio

Extremely dedicated to his job, and can always be counted on to complete his assignments.

Outstanding Administrative Staff Award

James Christensen

Has led the way in the department’s outstanding web presence.  He is kind, prompt, service oriented, technically skilled, and a tremendous asset to the department and college.


25 Years of Service

Eric Bylund

  • Journeyman machinist
  • Leader in the PML
  • Skilled work has supported innumerable student projects, a variety of research equipment and campus projects

30 Years of Service

Robert Perry

  • Journeyman machinist with vast experience
  • Highly skilled in CNC programming that supports research across campus
  • Valuable expertise in electronics


Outstanding Faculty Award

William G. Pitt

Professor Pitt is recognized as an exceptional mentor and scholar, working alongside students in his lab while sharing his passion for discovery

Outstanding Faculty Award

Mitsuru Saito

Professor Saito is recognized as an outstanding educator for his contributions to transportation engineering, his demanding but compassionate service in the classroom, and his untiring service to his profession.

Outstanding Faculty Award

Stephen Schultz

Professor Schultz is recognized for significant contributions to student mentoring and recruiting combined with excellent overall performance

Outstanding Faculty Award

Scott L. Thomson

Professor Thomson is being recognized for overall excellence in his performance this last year

Outstanding Faculty Award

Jay Newitt

Professor Newitt is recognized for his consistent excellence in teaching and mentoring, and for his significant contributions to his discipline


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