IT&E Faculty Honored at Awards Banquet

Posted: June 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Four faculty members of the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) were honored at the school’s annual spring awards banquet held last month. The awards of $500 each were sponsored by area technology companies.

The Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Peter Denning, Computer Science, and sponsored by CEXEC Inc. Denning, who also won one of the university’s teaching excellence awards this year, has been recognized in his field through the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Karlstrom Award for Outstanding Educator and the Outstanding Educator Award from ACM’s special interest group in computer science education.

Rao Mulpuri, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named the Outstanding Research Faculty Award winner. Mulpuri’s pioneering work on semiconductor device processing has led to important guidelines in making compound and silicon carbide devices. He and his research team have published more than 70 papers, and their research results are used in processes of several semiconductor device manufacturers and research laboratories. His award was sponsored by Corbett Technologies Inc.

The award for Outstanding Adjunct Professor, sponsored by DynCorp, went to Kenneth Nidiffer, an adjunct with IT&E since 1989. He teaches a graduate level course, Software Project Management, as part of the master’s degree in software engineering. Consistently given high marks for his teaching, Nidiffer is known for continuously mentoring students as they advance their professional and academic careers. He is vice president of the Software Productivity Consortium.

IT&E’s Service Award winner was Edgar Sibley, Information and Software Engineering, who is only the second person to receive this award. Sibley, University Professor and Eminent Scholar, helped develop the school and was one of IT&E’s first professors when it was founded in 1985. He worked with many local high tech companies, government agencies, and nonprofits to ensure that new IT&E grads would have the skills these employers needed.

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