Professor Receives Distinguished Engineering Educator Award

Cengiz Ozkan (left) with Sonja Domazet (right), President of the Engineers’ Council

Cengiz Ozkan (left) with Sonja Domazet (right), president of the Engineers’ Council

Cengiz Ozkan, a professor of mechanical engineering in UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering, has received the 2016 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Engineers’ Council.

Ozkan received the award during the 61st Annual Honors & Awards Banquet, which took place Feb. 27 in Universal City, Calif.

He was honored for his “outstanding service to the future of engineering in undergraduate and graduate education, diversity, research in materials science and engineering, and contributions to technology transfer to industry.”

Ozkan was selected by the Council’s Honors & Awards Committee, following his nomination by Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering.

“Cengiz is a respected member of the faculty whose energetic approach to teaching and research mentorship is appreciated by his students and colleagues alike. Most recently, his work toward advancing battery life has received recognition by industry leaders and I am pleased to see his hard work acknowledged with this prestigious award,” Abbaschian said.

Two Undergraduates Selected as Fulbright Scholars

Two undergraduates, Julianne Rolf in environmental engineering and Jwyanza Hobson in global studies, have been selected as Fulbright scholars for 2016-2017.

Rolf will be conducting research on improving water quality in eutrophic hard water-lakes at a German Research Institute.  Hobson has been awarded an Fulbright English Teaching Award for Vietnam. Hobson is a transfer student who was influenced to apply for a Fulbright award after participating in a Study Abroad experience last summer.  Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, director of Student Success Programs, says Hobson represents the diversity that Fulbright is looking for in the cultural ambassadors they select.

School of Medicine Physician Named 2016 Hero Family Medicine

laurensimonLauren Simon, MD, MPH, a volunteer clinical faculty member for the UCR School of Medicine and a team physician for UC Riverside Athletics, has been named the 2016 Hero Family Medicine by the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP).

“Dr. Simon is a stellar and steadfast advocate for patients, colleagues and the family medicine specialty,” said CAFP President Jay W. Lee. “Her efforts to grow and strengthen the family physician community through education, advocacy and leadership make her a true family medicine champion.”

A past president of CAFP’s Riverside-San Bernardino County Chapter, Simon works at the state and local levels to improve patient care and physician education and to address the serious primary care physician shortage in the Inland Empire and across California.

In 2014, she was named CAFP’s Educator of the Year, receiving the Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence.

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