The Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering recently celebrated the accomplishments of its faculty and staff at the 2016 annual awards ceremony. An event that recognizes employees for outstanding performance and dedication to advancing the college, more than half of this year's honors were awarded to the ECE department.
ECE Emeritus Professor Bringi was chosen for the Meritorious Faculty Emeritus Award for his successful 35-year career as a professor at CSU. A pioneer and founder of polarimetric radar theory and its applications to remote sensing of weather precipitation, Bringi's career contributions to science and society are immeasurable. Since retiring in 2012, Bringi remains a tireless advocate for his colleagues, former students, and the profession.
Professor Chen was honored as a leader in economic development for his innovative, interdisciplinary research and educational programs, particularly in biomedical engineering. Known for his well-established relationships with key players in the local high-tech industry, the economic impact of his work is tremendous. Since 2009, Chen has garnered $7.7 million in external grants to Colorado State.
Notaros, adjunct faculty member and head of student projects, received the outstanding teaching and service award for her impact as an educator. Widely revered as an inspiring and creative teacher, Notaros takes pride in getting to know every student and fostering each individual's success. "Olivera is the example to be compared against when it comes to significant contributions to teaching and service," said ECE graduate student Christopher Robbiano, who recently earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from CSU.
Reese, ECE operations manager, was recognized for her innovation and effectiveness as a staff leader. An enormously productive contributor, Reese has demonstrated an exceptional ability to hire, manage, and develop her team to achieve the department's strategic goals. Earlier this year, Reese was also chosen for a University Distinguished Administrative Professional Award for her contributions across campus.
Recognized around the world as a leader in her field, Yang was honored by the college for her international contributions. Throughout her career, Yang has earned international acclaim for her outstanding research in ECE and signal processing science and technology. Most recently, Yang spearheaded the creation of a joint educational program between CSU and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, one of the top research universities in China known for being a leading institution in engineering and science.