The USC College of Engineering and Computing is proud to announce that mechanical engineering professor and SmartState chair, Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, is a recipient of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards. These annual awards recognize a faculty member from every SEC University who demonstrates outstanding records of teaching, research and scholarship.
“The 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners are some of our nation’s most accomplished instructors, researchers and scholars,” said Dr. Jay Gogue, President of Auburn University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “It is my great pleasure to preside over an intercollegiate athletics conference that not only recognizes their work, but strives to support it as well.”
To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.
Reifsnider has 40 years of teaching and research experience and has taught a wide range of courses in mechanics andmaterials. He is currently the director of the HeteroFoam Center and the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center of Excellence at USC. Also, he is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.
“This is a wonderful surprise for me and a happy time for the University of South Carolina,” said Reifsnider. “Although this award recognizes the result of my lifetime of dedication to education, it also reminds us that the real measure of excellence is to be found in the achievements of our students. That is the greatest reward of this profession.”
Reifsnider is an internationally esteemed expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials. His research interests include durability, damage tolerance, and strength-life relationships in material systems, performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, long term behavior, and fuel cell science and engineering. He boasts more than 200-refereed publications and has spoken at seminars and given short courses worldwide.
SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Spring Meetings in May and the SEC Symposium in September.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “These 14 professors positively represent the breadth and depth of education in the SoutheasternConference, and I want to congratulate each of them. The commitment to their students, universities and communities is truly commendable.”
Selected by a committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.
Below is a list of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.
University of Alabama, Dr. George Rable, Charles Summersell Chair of Southern History
University of Arkansas, Dr. Carol Reeves, Cecil and Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professorship in Entrepreneurship
Auburn University, Dr. Geoffrey Hill, Professor and Curator of Birds, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Florida, Dr. Peter Hirschfeld, Professor of Physics
University of Georgia, Dr. Gregory Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
University of Kentucky, Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, Professor and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Louisiana State University, Dr. Mark Batzer, Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor
University of Mississippi, Dr. John Hall, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics
Mississippi State University, Dr. Hossein Toghiani, Thomas B. Nusz Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Missouri, Dr. Judy Wall, Curator’s Professor in Biochemistry
University of South Carolina, Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, University Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Tennessee, Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies
Texas A&M University, Dr. Stephen McDaniel, Professor of Marketing
Vanderbilt University, Dr. Sandra Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry
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