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High-Impact Achievements

In his spring update on Monday, Chancellor Randy Woodson praised some of the recent accomplishments of students, faculty and staff. His only concern? Not enough time or space to tell every success story.

But if he piqued your curiosity, here is a comprehensive list of achievements by NC State faculty, staff and students from the past year or so. Here too is your opportunity to let us know about other great things happening with you or your colleagues at NC State. For even more success stories, visit the Bulletin’s awards and honors section.

Environmental engineering graduate student Tate Rogers was awarded a water and sanitation grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve sanitation in developing countries.

Jay Baliga, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the 2012 North Carolina Award for Science, the state’s highest civilian honor, and the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. Baliga also received the Medal of Honor from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Chemical engineering professor Ruben Carbonell was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Susan Colby, administrative assistant in parks, recreation and tourism management, was named chair of the UNC Staff Assembly, representing more than 27,000 staff members.

James Guy, professor of poultry health management, was the first recipient of the Dr. Charles Beard Research Excellence Award from the US POULTRY Foundation.

Laura Taylor, professor of agricultural and resource economics, was one of just 20 environmental researchers in North American to receive a Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2013.

Bryce Lane, instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science, won a 2013 Nashville/MidSouth Emmy Award for instructional programming.

Mike Walden, professor of agricultural and resource economics, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for service to the state of North Carolina.

Entomology professor Fred Gould received the 2012 O. Max Gardner Award, the most significant honor given to faculty by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Jenkins MBA students J.J. Eve, Patrick Ferguson, Eddie Jones and Caroline Chamblee Lewis took first place in the 2013 Lenovo and Microsoft Case Study Competition.

Andrey V. Kuznetsov, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was awarded the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. The Humboldt recognizes the achievements of outstanding academics worldwide whose discoveries, insights or theories have made significant impacts on their scientific disciplines and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge research.

Kathryn Meurs, associate dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Asa Mays Excellence in Canine Health Research Award from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.

Orlando Rojas, associate professor of forest biomaterials, was named a fellow of the American Chemical Society in recognition of his contributions to the sciences and the profession.

Meghan Wilt, a senior majoring in textile engineering and chemical and bio molecular engineering, received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Wilt is one of just 28 students nationwide to receive the scholarship.

Maurice York, director of information technology at NCSU Libraries, was named one of the field’s “movers and shakers” by Library Journal.

Ph.D. student Andy Smith caught the eye of the White House for his work with elementary school children, earning a prestigious Presidential Service Award for Volunteerism (Gold Level).

The Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, or AASAP, topped the nation for its work on NC State’s 125th Homecoming, which was planned and executed in collaboration with campus organizations and colleges. The group received the “Outstanding Tried and True Program” award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Yuntian T. Zhu, professor of materials science and engineering, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Carl Koch, professor of materials science and engineering, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Statistics professor Marie Davidian was elected president of the American Statistical Association.

Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, received a Champion of Change award at the White House in the category of open government and civic hacking.

Gerald Huntington, professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Science, received the Fellow Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

Owen Duckworth, assistant professor of soil science, received the NSF Faculty Early Career Award, one of the highest honors given to young faculty in science.

Omer Oralkan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Jonathan Hauenstein, assistant professor in mathematics, were named DARPA 2013 Young Faculty Award recipients.

Professor emeritus John E. Penick received the Robert H. Carleton Award from the National Science Teachers Association.

Five academic advisers were honored by the National Academic Advising Association for their efforts to support undergraduate success: Christina Hobbs, Seth Murray, Kim Outing, Joseph Palis and Martha Wicker.

Caroline Hansley, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in agroecology and social entrepreneurship, received a Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Steve Koenning, research associate professor in plant pathology, and Jim Dunphy, professor of crop science, were honored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Stephen Kelley, professor and head of the Department of Forest Biomaterials, and Fred Gould, professor of entomology, were named to the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a major program unit of the National Research Council.

Karen Bullock, head of the social work department, was named to the American Cancer Society’s Peer Review Committee on Oncology Social Work Training.

Vice Provost Bailian Li and his colleagues in international affairs earned NC State the 2014 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

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