The EIT college awards committee received 15 faculty nominations for the college awards for research, teaching, and service â€“ five candidates per category. After meticulously reviewing all candidatesâ€™ credentials and supporting materials, the committee chose these professors as the three EIT Faculty Excellence Awards for 2011-2012:
- Research Award Winner: Dr. Daniel Berleant
- Teaching Award Winner: Dr. Radu Babiceanu
- Service Award Winner: Prof. Jim Carr
Berleant, an information science professor, has enhanced the research portfolio of his department with grants, publications and student research, mentoring students at the Ph.D., masterâ€™s and undergraduate levels. His research interests emphasize text mining (including biological text), inference under uncertainty (such as interval-valued probabilities and applications including reliability, risk and information quality of energy data), and technology foresight in domains from computing to biotechnology.
Babiceanu, assistant professor and graduate coordinator in systems engineering, more than once has ranked first in teaching evaluations in his department. He also introduced three new graduate-level courses and serves as the principal instructor for two of the four core courses in the graduate program. Babiceanu is very involved in the Engineering Scholars Program each summer and was the mentor for the senior capstone team that proposed and improved a management information system for Little Rock National Airport, a project that took third place in the Governorâ€™s Cup business plan competition in 2007.
Carr, a construction management professor, is Region V director for the Associated
Schools of Construction and has been awarded the organizationâ€™s Outstanding Educator Award for service to construction education. He also is a member of the board of directors for the local chapter of the Home Builders Association and is co-chair of the groupâ€™s education committee. On a national scale, he represents the local organization on the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has served on three of the groupâ€™s committees and has also assisted in developing continuing education courses for builders and training manuals and videos for NAHB safety initiative
The university-wide faculty excellence awards will be announced April 12 in a ceremony at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.