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Bioengineering students, faculty member honored at College of Engineering Awards Dinner

Outstanding Junior: Melissa Lokugamage of Kansas City, Mo.; Outstanding Senior: Claire Schroeder of Washington, Mo.; Outstanding Master’s: Hilary Schmidt of DeSoto, Kan.; Outstanding Doctorate: Aaron Wood of Columbia, Mo.; and Outstanding Doctorate: Paul Whiteside of Joplin, Mo.; Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Bioengineering Department Chair, Professor Jinglu Tan.

The Bioengineering Department named its outstanding student award recipients at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18. From left: Outstanding Junior: Melissa Lokugamage of Kansas City, Mo.; Outstanding Senior: Claire Schroeder of Washington, Mo.; Outstanding Master’s: Hilary Schmidt of DeSoto, Kan.; Outstanding Doctorate: Aaron Wood of Columbia, Mo.; and Outstanding Doctorate: Paul Whiteside of Joplin, Mo.; Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Bioengineering Department Chair Jinglu Tan. Photos by Tanzi Propst.

The Bioengineering Department named its outstanding student award recipients, while Associate Professor Raghuraman Kannan received the Senior Faculty Excellence in Research Award at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia as part of the College of Engineering’s Engineers’ Week celebration. The student award recipients are as follows:

  • Outstanding Junior: Melissa Lokugamage of Kansas City, Mo.
  • Outstanding Senior: Claire Schroeder of Washington, Mo.
  • Outstanding Master’s: Hilary Schmidt of DeSoto, Kan.
  • Outstanding Doctorate: Aaron Wood of Columbia, Mo.
  • Outstanding Doctorate: Paul Whiteside of Joplin, Mo.
Kannan and Loboa pose together with a certificate.

Raghuraman Kannan, left, posed with Dean Elizabeth Loboa after receiving the Senior Faculty Excellence in Research Award on March 18.

Kannan earned the College-wide research award for his impressive activity in that realm. In just the last five years, Kannan has published 20 papers, and he currently has $3.3 million in support for current or recently completed projects in which he’s the principal investigator. His research has the support of both the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and he’s renowned for his work in the field of nanoparticles. Kannan’s research also frequently leads to practical applications. Raghuraman is a principle inventor on 20 patents and/or inventions in just the last four years and has seven more patents currently in the processing phase.