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Each year, the Russ College recognizes its faculty for excellence in teaching and research.
Established by alumnus Marvin White, BSCE '47, and his wife, Ann, the White Awards honor outstanding teaching and research.
The White Research Award recognizes continued and sustained achievements in research, scholarship, and the creation of new knowledge by a Russ College faculty member in each department. The gift carries a $500 reward and personalized plaque for each honoree. White Research Award recipients for 2012 are: Bryan Branham, chair of the Department of Aviation; Gerardine Botte, Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Shad Sargand, Russ Professor of Civil Engineering; Razvan Bunescu, assistant professor of computer science; Paul Deering, assistant professor of engineering technology and management; Dusan Sormaz, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering; and Jason Trembly, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
The White Teaching Award also honors a faculty member in each department of the Russ College in recognition of dedicated teaching and student advising. Recipients in 2012 were: Ron Faliszek, chief flight instructor and assistant professor of aviation; Darin Ridgway, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Deborah McAvoy, assistant professor of civil engineering; Maarten Uijt de Haag, Edmund J. Cheng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Todd Myers, associate professor of engineering technology and management; Dale Masel, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Dave Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Alumnus Fritz J. Russ, BSEE '42, HON '75, and his wife, Dolores, established the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards in 1981. Both the Russ Teaching Award and the Russ Research Award carry a cash award of $1,500 along with a personalized plaque.
In 2012, Frank Kraft, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded the Russ Research Award for his paper, "Mechanical behavior of internally pressurized copper tube," and Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology Zaki Kuruppalil received the Russ Teaching Award.