the distinguished professors award ceremony processional

The Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award recognizes outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and service. It is the highest honor given to a Georgia Tech professor. Created in 1984 by the Class of 1934 in observance of its 50th reunion, the award is presented to an active professor who has made significant, long-term contributions — contributions that have brought widespread recognition to the professor, to their school, and to the Institute. The award includes a stipend of $20,000.

portrait of Andrés García

2021

Andrés García

Executive director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and Regents Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

García is known as a global pioneer in developing biomaterials systems for translational applications in regenerative medicine.

 

portrait of Jeff Wu

2020

Jeff Wu

Professor and Coca Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Wu is considered a visionary in engineering statistics, and has received almost every award in the field.

 

portrait of David McDowell

2019

David McDowell

Regents Professor and Carter N. Paden Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

McDowell has developed new techniques and methods for measuring, understanding, and modeling the way materials behave in areas such as transportation and energy production.

 

portrait of Seth Marder

2018

Seth Marder

Regents Professor and Georgia Power Chair of Energy Efficiency in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Materials Science and Engineering

Marder is a world-renowned educator and researcher whose work focuses on the interactions of light with matter, most notably in the setting of organic electronic and photonic materials.

 

portrait of Gary Schuster

2017

Gary Schuster

Vassar Woolley Professor Emeritus in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Schuster’s research has been primarily in the field of organic and bioorganic chemistry, including groundbreaking work in several research areas.

 

portrait of Robin Thomas

2016

Robin Thomas

Regents Professor in the School of Mathematics

A world leader in graph theory, Thomas established a remarkable legacy of research and teaching that included serving as leader of the Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization Ph.D. program.

 

portrait of George Nemhauser

2015

George Nemhauser

A. Russell Chandler III Chair and Institute Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

George Nemhauser is widely considered to be one of the world’s top optimization researchers. He was the first sitting professor at Georgia Tech to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

 

portrait of Zhong Lin (Z.L.) Wang

2014

Zhong Lin (Z.L.) Wang

Regents Professor and Hightower Chair, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor, and director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization

A pioneer researcher in nanoscience, Wang invented the nanogenerator and figured out how it could harvest mechanical energy using nano-enabled technology.

 

 

portrait of John Cressler

2013

John Cressler

Schlumberger Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cressler leads research in the understanding, development, and application of new types of microelectronic devices and circuits for high-speed electronics in emerging communications systems.

 

portrait of Dick Lipton

2012

Dick Lipton

Professor, College of Computing, and the Frederick G. Storey Chair

Lipton has a strong reputation in computer science theory, cryptography, and academics. He is considered one of the original pioneers of DNA computing.

 

portrait of Mark Hay

2011

Mark Hay

Regents Professor and Harry and Linda Teasley Chair in Environmental Biology

Hay's research has provided key insights into the conservation and restoration of coral reefs and challenged scientists' view of ecological and evolutionary processes affecting the establishment and impact of invasive species.

 

portrait of Charles Liotta

2010

Charles Liotta

Former chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and vice provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

For decades, Liotta developed collaborations with other chemists, chemical engineers, textile chemists, and mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineers at Georgia Tech, and with researchers at other academic institutions, national laboratories, and in industry.

 

portrait of Robert M. Nerem

2009

Robert M. Nerem

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair for Engineering in Medicine; founding director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience

Nerem received awards and accolades from around the world for pioneering work in regenerative medicine and bioengineering, and was known for interdisciplinary collaboration.

 

portrait of James D. Foley

2008

James D. Foley

Professor of interactive computing and the Fleming Chair in Telecommunications

Foley is a computing pioneer, innovative educator, and author. He was one of the computer graphics pioneers who went on to help establish HCI as a discipline.

 

portrait of Mostafa El-Sayed

2007

Mostafa El-Sayed

Regents Professor Emeritus, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Julius Brown Chair

A leading nanoscience researcher, El-Sayed has done work in the potential use of nanoparticles in nanomedicine, nanocatalysis, and plasmonics.

 

portrait of Bryan G. Norton

2006

Bryan G. Norton

Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy

Norton writes on intergenerational equity, sustainability theory, biodiversity policy, and valuation methods. His specialty is the integration of spatio-temporal scaling considerations into sustainability criteria.

 

portrait of Thomas K. Gaylord

2005

Thomas K. Gaylord

Regents Professor, Julius Brown Chair Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gaylord was instrumental in the founding and development of the optics educational and research programs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

portrait of C. P. Wong

2004

C. P. Wong

Regents Professor and Smithgall Institute Endowed Chair, Materials Science and Engineering

Among his research interests are the fields of polymeric materials, electronic packaging and interconnect, interfacial adhesions, and nano-functional material syntheses and characterizations.

 

portrait of Kevin F. Brennan

2003

Kevin F. Brennan

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

His research interests were in the general area of semiconductors and microelectronics, with a particular emphasis on physics and device application of emerging semiconductor materials for future power.

 

Earlier Award Recipients

 

2002

Jay Bolter

Professor, Literature, Communication and Culture

2001

James D. Meindl

Professor, Microelectronics Research Center

2000

William Chameides

Regents Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

1999

Jim Powers

Regents Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

1998

Rao Tummala

Pettit Chair Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

1997

Charles Eckert

Professor, Chemistry, J. Erskine Love Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering

1996

Ajeet Rohatgi

Regents Professor, John H. Weitnauer, Jr. Chair in the College of Engineering; Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar

1995

Ray Flannery

Regents Professor, Physics

1994

Jerry H. Ginsberg

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

1993

Daniel S. Papp

Director, International Affairs

1992

Uzi Landman

Regents Professor, Physics

1991

Robert F. Hochman

Professor, School of Materials Engineering

1990

Ben T. Zinn

Regents Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

1989

Leon Zalkow

Regents Professor, Chemistry

1988

Eugene C. Ashby

Regents Professor, Chemistry

1987

Ward Winer

Regents Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

1986

Satya N. Atluri

Regents Professor, Civil Engineering

1985

Ron Schafer

Regents Professor, Electrical Engineering, John O. McCarty/Audichron Chair

 


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