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Faculty and staff from the College of Engineering were recently recognized for their achievements during a virtual celebration. | Image: Getty Images

The recipients of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering’s 2021 Faculty and Staff Awards were recently recognized during a virtual celebration April 12. Also recognized during the ceremony were the 2020 Faculty and Staff Awards recipients, President’s Meritorious Awards recipients and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Research Impact Award winners.


New Employee Award
Sharmila Pathikonda, strategic initiatives

Key Contributor Award
Lynn Krueger, TEES Fiscal Office

Engineering Team Award
Ed Bassett, Adolfo Cadena, David DeSousa, Michael Encinia, Amy Klinkovsky, Paul Onate and Araceli Trejo, workforce development, engineering academies

Staff Excellence Award
Bonnie Bustos-Rios, educational programs
Nathan Howard, engineering business services
John Maldonado, petroleum engineering
Beth Milam, Texas Center for Applied Technology
Laura Olivarez, educational programs
John Peterson, workforce development
Kelley Ragusa, Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute



Dean of Engineering Excellence Awards
Assistant Professor Level
Abhishek Jain, biomedical engineering
Manoranjan Majji, aerospace engineering

Associate Professor Level
Homero Castaneda-Lopez, materials science and engineering
Diego Donzis, aerospace engineering,

Professor Level
Roozbeh Jafari, biomedical engineering
Le Xie, electrical and computer engineering


College of Engineering Excellence Award for Service
Costas Georghiades, electrical and computer engineering
John E. Hurtado, aerospace engineering

College of Engineering Excellence Awards for Outstanding Contributions
Michael Demkowicz, materials science and engineering
Akhilesh Gaharwar, biomedical engineering

TEES Faculty Fellow
Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, computer science and engineering
Vladislav Yakovlev, biomedical engineering
Choongho Yu, mechanical engineering

TEES “Young Faculty Fellow” Award
Katherine Davis, electrical and computer engineering
Xiaofeng Qian, materials science and engineering
Farzan Sasangohar, industrial and systems engineering

College of Engineering Excellence Faculty Awards
Ali Mostafavi, civil and environmental engineering
Xiaoning Qian, electrical and computer engineering


College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award
Nancy Currie-Gregg, industrial and systems engineering
Gretchen Miller, civil and environmental engineering

Instructional Faculty Teaching Award
Paul Koola, ocean engineering
Elissa Morris, engineering academic and student affairs
Rodolfo Vaghetto, nuclear engineering

Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Teaching Awards
Tracy Hammond, computer science and engineering
Darren Hartl, aerospace engineering
Sunil Khatri, electrical and computer engineering
Ibere Nascentes Alves, petroleum engineering
Kristi Shryock, aerospace engineering
Pavel Tsvetkov, nuclear engineering
Aakash Tyagi, computer science and engineering
Victor Ugaz, chemical engineering