Professor, student receive campus International Engagement Awards
Guo “Shawric” Xiaoyu, a doctoral student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and chairman of the MU Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, was recognized for outstanding student contributions. Mechanical and aerospace engineering C.W. LaPierre Professor Sanjeev Khanna was honored for outstanding international contributions.
“Xiaoyu has demonstrated admirable leadership and guidance for this growing community,” said Jere Gilles, IEA committee chair, citing Xiaoyu’s tireless efforts in the wake of the of the accidental death of a visiting engineering doctoral student in January.
David Currey, assistant director of MU International Student & Scholar Services, said Xiaoyu served in the role of an ambassador, facilitator and counselor to grieving family members, as well as faculty, staff and students, putting his own interests aside.
Khanna, who serves as director of the Energy Solutions and Research Center and assistant director of the Missouri Industrial Assessment Center, was recognized for his international research collaborations, his role in the College of Engineering’s international program and a summer study abroad program for engineering students from India. His efforts with problem-based learning and its use by collaborators, including those in Iraq, and his participation as an organizer and a speaker for international conferences also were lauded.