2012 award recipients

2012 Usibelli award winners
The 2012 Emil Usibelli Award winners are (left to right) Kenji Yoshikawa for Distinguished Service, Debendra Das for Distinguished Teaching and Sergei Avdonin for Distinguished Research.

Teaching

Dr. Debendra K. Das

Dr. Debendra K. Das

WHEREAS Dr. Debendra K. Das has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1984. His teaching contributions to the University and to engineering students in particular stand out among his peers; and

WHEREAS Dr. Das' contributions in the area of student mentoring have been extraordinary. He has included undergraduate and graduate students in his research and has an impressive record of publishing work with his students. His effectiveness as an advisor has been recognized with awards from the University and from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and

WHEREAS in his twenty-eight years of service to UAF, Dr. Das has taught more than one hundred classes, and has developed new courses to meet the needs of both students and industry. He has received exceptionally high scores in his student evaluations at both the undergraduate and the graduate level;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Debendra K. Das; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in teaching demonstrated by Dr. Debendra K. Das, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award on this day of May 8, 2012.


Research

Dr. Sergei Avdonin

Dr. Sergei Avdonin

WHEREAS Dr. Sergei Avdonin has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 2001. His mathematical research activity with the University has been exceptional; and

WHEREAS Dr. Avdonin has built a long and distinguished career in many different research areas in mathematics. His international reputation has enhanced UAF's stature in mathematics and helped the Department of Mathematics and Statistics focus more clearly on its research mission. His extensive publication record is highly impressive; and

WHEREAS Dr. Avdonin's current research is on mathematical studies for glaciology. He has developed new methods that offer a major step towards predictive glacier models, which are important in the study of glacier-climate interaction, dating of ice cores, and assessment of natural hazards. He has collaborated with mathematicians, scientists and engineers around the world in developing his methods;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Sergei Avdonin; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in research demonstrated by Dr. Sergei Avdonin, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award on this day of May 8, 2012.


Service

Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa

Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa

WHEREAS Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1999. He has launched an extraordinary educational outreach effort directed towards teachers and students in rural Alaska, Canada, Russia and other countries; and

WHEREAS Dr. Yoshikawa has established a network of one hundred sixty-five K - 12 schools to characterize and monitor the state of permafrost across the circumpolar North, an effort that introduces the joy of scientific discovery to children and transforms them into engaged scientists; and

WHEREAS Dr. Yoshikawa has been tireless and innovative in his efforts, whether traveling by snow machine to villages in Alaska, or creating a superhero of the permafrost known as "Tunnel Man";

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in service demonstrated by Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa, bestows upon him the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award on this day of May 8, 2012.

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