Alcoa Professor Gregory Parsons is the 30th recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension. Professor Parsons received the award at a ceremony hosted by the College of Engineering. His award lecture was "Understanding Thin Film Materials: Deflecting Pauli's Devil."
The award was established in 1981 to honor a member of the engineering faculty who has demonstrated superiority in areas of activity that relate to the University's three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension. The award is supported by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company through the NC State Engineering Foundation.
Professor Parsons has supervised 21 doctoral students, 3 M.S. students, 60 undergraduates and 18 postdoctoral researchers. His current research group includes 13 graduate students, 5 undergraduates and 6 postdocs. In 2009 he was recognized for his teaching efforts with the NC State Outstanding Teacher Award and election to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers.
He has published more than 190 research articles with more than 2950 citations in the area of thin film materials and surface reaction processes, and is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. In 2006 he launched NC State's Nanotechnology Initiative to address fundamental understanding of nanomaterials and nanoscale processing, and currently serves as its Director.
Dr. Parsons earned his B.A. in Physics at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and his Ph.D. in Physics at NC State. His research research embodies fundamental studies of thin film materials synthesis, most notably Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). According to one of his research colleagues at another university, Dr. Parsons, "developed a world leading expertise in methods to selectively fabricate and characterize highly non-equilibrium materials using a variety of techniques in areas of high technical needs......."
Congratulations to Dr. Parsons for this prestigious award!