College Bestows Awards for Faculty, Staff and Students

May 07, 2020

2020 Awards Banquet graphic

Although the MU College of Engineering was unable to hold its annual awards banquet in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College nevertheless honored faculty, staff and students for their dedication and service to the College.

College of Engineering faculty and staff receiving awards for their outstanding work include:

  • Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award: Jacob McFarland
  • Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Stephen Lombardo
  • Senior Faculty Excellence in Research Award: Shinghua Ding
  • Outstanding Staff Awards: Jenne Parker and Lacie Ilsley

The College’s various degree programs gave awards to their most outstanding students:


  • Junior: Sarah Thompson
  • Senior: Maria Patino-Carranza
  • MS: Blake Darkow
  • PhD: Jing Zhou

Biomedical Engineering

  • Junior: Allison Hamill
  • Senior: Zoe Bowman

Chemical Engineering

  • Junior: Mollie Harrison
  • Senior: Alyson Jones
  • PhD (joint): Ahmed Jasim, Amir Mofrad

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Junior: Bryce Reynolds
  • Senior: Mirnes Mustafic
  • PhD (joint): Mohamed Bayati, Ayssar Abdulrazzak Nasser Al-Khafaji

Computer Science

  • Junior: Rebecca Shyu
  • Senior: Samantha Sample
  • MS (joint): Evan Teters, Connor Rowland
  • PhD (joint): Ke Gao, Yuexu Jiang

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Senior: Jason Pae
  • PhD (joint): Samira Shamsir, Jiayu Liu

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

  • Junior (joint): Grace Floyd, Natalie Mowery
  • Senior: Sheila Connelly
  • MS: Roland Nazareth
  • PhD: Wenbin Guo

Information Technology

  • Junior: Persephone Gloeckner-Suits
  • Senior: Hunter McVey

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Junior: James Wyatt Fritch
  • Senior: Austin Libeer
  • MS: Vasco Duke-Walker
  • PhD: Hui Chen

Nuclear Engineering

  • PhD (joint): Andrea Alejandro Saltos, Abu Rafi Iasir

Congratulations to all of the award winners!