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March 24, 2016

Professors Genzer, Gubbins and Parsons Honored with Awards

Professors Jan Genzer, Keith Gubbins and Gregory Parsons have been honored by having been selected to receive the awards described below....

genzer_smDr. Genzer was selected as an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor. The award recognizes his long-term, distinguished service in undergraduate teaching at NC State, and is one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards given on our campus.

He is the Celanese Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and serves as the CBE Associate Department Head. His research interests include material self-assembly and directed assembly, and the behavior of polymers at surfaces, interfaces, and in confined geometries. His commitment to the undergraduate program includes having mentored over fifty undergraduate researchers in his research group. Many of those students have elected to build on their undergraduate research experience by enrolling in graduate school.

gubbins.lightDr. Gubbins was selected by the NC State Chapter of Sigma Xi as the 2016 recipient of the Sigma Xi Distinguished Leadership and Contributions to Scientific Research Award. The Award recognizes his outstanding leadership and exceptional research contributions to the field of molecular science and engineering. Sigma Xi is a professional honor society whose mission is "to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition."

Dr. Gubbins is the W.H. Clark Distinguished University Professor and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has co-authored 5 books, and has authored or co-authored over 520 scholarly publications. In additional to numerous other national and international honors, in 2008 he was selected as one of the AIChE's "One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era."

gnpDr. Parsons was selected as an inaugural member of the NC State University Research Leadership Academy (RLA). The Academy serves to promote a culture of research leadership at NC State. In addition to being selected for the RLA, Dr. Parsons will receive the Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, awarded to all RLA members.

He is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of thin-film electronic materials, especially in the growing field of atomic layer deposition (ALD). His work has led to basic understanding of new materials and thin film deposition processes, in particular for applications in fiber-based protective systems for the U.S. Department of Defense; improved performance of photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion systems; and new approaches for semiconductor device manufacturing.

In addition to his responsibilities as a faculty member, Dr. Parsons serves as inaugural director of the NC State Nanotechnology Initiative, which was established in 2006. In that role, he's responsible for coordinating cross-campus nanotechnology-related activities and expanding external visibility for nanotechnology efforts off campus. He is an Alcoa Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and in 2014 was selected as the 30th recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension.

Congratulations to Professors Genzer, Gubbins and Parsons for your outstanding achievements!

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