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ECE assistant professor receives UM System President’s Award for Early Career Excellence

Schwartz, Loboa, Becchi and Shyu pose for a photo.

UM System Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Schwartz, Dean Elizabeth Loboa, Assistant Professor Michela Becchi and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Chi-Ren Shyu were on hand as Becchi received a UM System President’s Award for Early Career Excellence on Thursday.

Excerpted from UM System news release:

University of Missouri System Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and former College of Engineering Interim Dean Robert Schwartz today awarded the first of nine UM System President’s Awards to be presented to faculty in 2016 to Michela Becchi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Schwartz — in front of colleagues gathered for a faculty open forum — surprised Becchi with the President’s Award for Early Career Excellence, which includes a $5,000 award. The award recognizes faculty who exhibit exceptional promise within their first seven years with the university as demonstrated through scholarship, research or creativity.

Becchi joined the MU faculty in 2010 and quickly became a top National Science Foundation-funded faculty member on campus, currently serving as principal investigator on five concurrent NSF-funded projects totaling $1.85 million. Among the projects is a prestigious NSF CAREER Award, which she received in 2015 from a competitive division of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

For the full UM System news release, click here.