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ECE faculty receive 10 awards from college

Electrical and computer engineering faculty received a total of ten awards from the College of Engineering in recognition of their achievements in teaching and research.

Stanley E. Harrison Award 

Fernando L. Teixeira, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the prestigious 2011 Stanley E. Harrison Award. The Harrison award recognizes an early- to mid-career faculty member based on excellence in teaching and qualitative aspects of teaching; exceptional fundamental or applied research; or a single or unique contribution to engineering or architecture concepts.

Teixeira has established a highly visible and internationally recognized research program. His research involves the application of analytical and numerical techniques to RF, microwave and optical devices and to electromagnetic sensing and wave propagation. He is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the development of timedomain algorithms for computational electromagnetics and their application to ultra-wideband sensing problems. Teixeira has also contributed to new analysis methods for novel metamaterials and for the design of directional logging sensors for energy (oil and gas) exploration, which has had a great practical impact.

Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation 

Furrukh Khan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the 2011 Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the improvement of undergraduate engineering education. During his 25-year tenure at The Ohio State University, Khan has won numerous teaching awards and started many new courses. Most recently he designed a novel sequence of sophomore courses for the department.

Charles E. MacQuigg Award 

Furrukh Khan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Lee Potter, professor of electrical and computer engineering, both received the Charles E. MacQuigg Award, which is given by engineering students. The award, which is named for the late dean of the College of Engineering, is presented annually to faculty members who have demonstrated, their interest in and willingness to help students; their interest in improving the high reputation of the College of Engineering; and their outstanding teaching ability. 


As part of the semester switch, Furrukh Khan consolidated and revamped the entire ECE curriculum for new students. He designed and implemented the ECE 294 sequence, combining a comprehensive lecture series with integrated laboratory sessions that reinforce class materials.


Lee Potter continually goes above and beyond his mandatory teaching requirements to help his students. In class, he explores advanced topics simply and lucidly, while making himself available through email, extra help sessions and office hours to answer any questions students may have. His assessments are fairly designed and graded.

Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award 

Lee Potter is also part of the team that received the 2011 Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award, along with Rizwan Ahmad of the Heart and Lung Research Institute, Periannan Kuppusamy in Cardiovascular Medicine and Jay Zweier in Biochemistry. This award recognizes a team that has established a record of excellence in interdisciplinary research. The team is working to accelerate electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging. A cousin to the clinically available MRI, the EPR imaging technique extends the set of tools that physicians have for measuring oxygen noninvasively and could have clinical applications in wound healing and monitoring the treatment of tumors in cancer therapy. 

Lumley Research Awards

ECE faculty members Paul Berger, Leonard J. Brillson, Inder J. “Jiti” Gupta, C. Emre Koksal and Jin-Fa Lee (pictured left to right) all received Lumley Research Awards in recognition of their exceptional activity and success in pursuing new knowledge of a fundamental or applied nature. The award is in honor of John H. Lumley, a 1927 graduate of ceramic engineering.