Spring 2019 Faculty and Staff Awards

Suat Irmak, David Jones, and Daran Rudnick
Suat Irmak, David Jones, and Daran Rudnick

Angie Pannier received the Holling Family Master Teacher Award/UNL University‐Wide Teaching Award from the College of Engineering Employee Awards Luncheon. The award is a general teaching award open to all faculty ranks and receives $1,000 from UNL and $1,500 from COE each. The award is presented annually to up to two faculty members (one based on City or East campus and one based on Scott campus) in the College of Engineering who have demonstrated effectiveness as advisers and mentors, as well as classroom teachers. The Engineering Student Advisory Board (eSAB) and Nebraska Engineering Student Council at Omaha (NESCO) make the recommendation of the award recipients to the Dean, based on submitted application materials. Angie Pannier is a professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. Her teaching Interests include Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Introduction to Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Senior Capstone Design I and II, and Delivery of Nucleic Acids.

Amanda Lager Gleason, Graduate Programs Specialist, and Scott Minchow, Instrument Maker III, received the College Staff Awards for Exemplary Service and Support from the College of Engineering Employee Awards Luncheon. The award celebrates staff members in the College of Engineering for exemplary service and support towards achieving the vision and mission of the college. Each recipient receives $1,500 each. The work of these honored staff members helps to propel Nebraska Engineering to become one of the nation’s leading engineering programs.

Alan Boldt, Research Engineer II, Soil and Water for the Biological Systems Engineering Department, received the ASABE Nebraska Section Engineer of the Year. Nominated by Derek Heeren, this award is given to an ASABE member of the Nebraska Section to recognize outstanding achievement of an individual during the past year or as a culmination of efforts over previous years. Alan has given 34 years of outstanding service to the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. As a Research Engineer II and Laboratory Manager, Alan provides oversight for the soil and water laboratory facilities, ensuring equipment is working well, promoting data quality through good standard procedures, and working with many faculty and students to balance the multiple uses of the lab. He chairs the BSE Safety Committee and the College of Engineering Safety Committee and serves on the Chancellor’s University Safety Committee.

Junior faculty members Yufeng Ge, Assistant Professor, and Daran Rudnick Assistant Professor, were both nominated for the Junior Faculty Recognition for Excellence in Research Award by the Agricultural Research Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Yufeng Ge was presented the 2018 award. The goal of the award is to recognize outstanding trajectories of junior faculty and aid in building strong portfolios for promotion and tenure. Those nominated for the award shows recognition of excellence in research.

Roger Hoy, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Director of Nebraska Test Laboratory recently received the James V. Greisen Exemplary Service to Student Award. The honor recognizes University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty and staff who offer extraordinary and sustained support to students and the recipient receives a $1,500 stipend and was honored at the Student Luminary Award reception on March 8. Roger mentors student workers and uses the lab to help students connect classroom learning with engineering applications. This isn’t the first student service award Roger has received. Students and parents haven’t let Roger’s hard work go unrecognized. The UNL Parents Association awarded Roger the Parents’ Recognition Award six times throughout his years at UNL for making a difference in students’ lives.

Daran Rudnick and Suat Irmak were both honored with 2019 CASNR Holling Family Awards in the junior faculty and senior faculty categories respectively. The Holling awards recognize exceptional teaching within the college. The Holling Family Award Program for Teaching Excellence was made possible by a gift from the Holling family to honor the parents of two UNL alumni, John Holling, 1912 electrical engineering, and Gustave Holling, College of Agriculture. Senior faculty are awarded $5,000 each. Junior Faculty, consisting of those individuals with six or less years of employment in a faculty position, receive approximately $3,000 each.