May 5, 2009

Seven College of Engineering faculty members were recognized during the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award Reception. The reception was held on May 5, 2009, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center and recognized University-wide faculty members for their outstanding achievements.

Marybeth Lima, PE, PhD, professor of biological & agricultural engineering (BAE), was awarded the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award. She received her PhD from Ohio State University. Lima specializes in food and bioprocess engineering, value-added processing, and service learning engineering education. Lima and her students work with East Baton Rouge Parish public school students, teachers, parents and administrators to design, implement and raise funds for “dream playgrounds,” created by the elementary school students. To date, 18 playgrounds have been built for children through Lima’s service learning classes.

The LSU Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes faculty members with sustained records of excellence in teaching, research, service, and/or any combination of the three. Any full-time faculty member who has not received this award previously is eligible.

Todd Monroe, PE, PhD, associate professor of BAE and holder of the Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Armstrong, Jr. Professorship in Engineering, was awarded the Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award. He received his BS in biological engineering from LSU, and his MS, PhD in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He also conducted postdoctoral research in biomedical engineering/physics at Vanderbilt. He has received many awards and honors, including the 2008 NSF CAREER Award and the 2007 LSU College of Agriculture Sedberry Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. Monroe specializes in biophotonics, bio-MEMS, molecular and cellular engineering.

The Tiger Athletic Foundation President’s Award recognizes a faculty member for extraordinary classroom teaching as demonstrated by an impact on and involvement with students, a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and contributions to the profession of teaching. Any full-time faculty member who has not received this award previously is eligible.

The following assistant professors received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award. Each recipient was selected for demonstrating outstanding teaching.

Jin-Woo Choi, PhD, assistant professor and holder of the Dr. Fred H. Fenn Memorial Professorship in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Choi received a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, located in Seoul, South Korea. He also received his PhD in 2001 from the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include: Bio-MEMS, lab-on-a-chip, and microfluidics; biofuel cells and bio-inspired energy harvesting devices in microscale; micro/nanoscale transducers; polymer-based microactuators and biomimetic systems; and bioelectronic transducers and biosensors.

Shengmin Guo, PhD, is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He received his B.Eng. in engineering mechanics and his M.Eng. in fluid mechanics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He went on to receive his PhD, in engineering science from the University of Oxford. Guo’s research interests include: gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics; fuel cells-design, modeling and testing; and advanced heat transfer measurement techniques and instrumentation.

Laura Hughes Ikuma, PhD, assistant professor of construction management & industrial engineering. Ikuma received her BS in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and her MS and PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. Research interests include: psychosocial and physical risk factor exposure; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; lean and safety/ergonomics integration; industrial medicine; human factors; industrial ergonomics; biomechanics; and safety.

Heather Smith, PhD, is an assistant professor of civil engineering. Smith received her BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering from Ohio State University, in Columbus, OH. Smith’s research interests include: fluid-structure interaction, sediment transport, sediment-structure interaction, free surface dynamics, and coastal engineering.

John Rogers Smith, PE, PhD, is an associate professor and holder of Campanile Charities Professorship in the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering. Smith received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from LSU. His research interests are focused in drilling engineering (especially for deep wells and deep water) including managed pressure drilling and underbalanced drilling, well control and blowout prevention, bit performance, rock mechanics, well design, and wellbore integrity, cementing, and sustained casing pressure.

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