James Kolodzey has received the 2012 IBM Faculty Award.

Engineering honors

UD's Kolodzey, Papoutsakis earn industry kudos for research excellence

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11:03 a.m., July 24, 2012--Two engineering professors at the University of Delaware have earned industry kudos for their research excellence.

James Kolodzey was honored by technology giant IBM and Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis was recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE).

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James Kolodzey

James Kolodzey, Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2012 IBM Faculty Award. The award, given in May, recognizes his work to advance the fabrication of semiconductor materials and devices used for high speed integrated circuits in next generation computers and communications systems.

In 2005 and 2010, IBM donated two advanced reactors to Kolodzey’s research laboratory at UD, enabling him to explore new processes for the epitaxy of novel semiconductors through chemical vapor deposition (CVD).

He plans to use funds from this recent award to explore new devices and materials, study new chemicals to modify the composition and doping of semiconductors and to selectively grow materials to form complex three dimensional structures.

Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis

Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis, Eugene du Pont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of biological sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2012 James E. Bailey Award from American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s (AIChE) Society of Biological Engineering.

The award, given since 2005, honors individuals whose achievements have “had an important impact on bioengineering” through direct engagement of biology with engineering.

Papoutsakis’ research focuses on creating hardy organisms for producing biofuels and chemicals from renewable sources. He is an expert in clostridia physiology, genetics and genomics; and transcriptomic analysis. His research group carried out the first reported genome-scale metabolic network reconstruction of C. acetobutylicum using a new semi-automated reverse engineering strategy. He will receive the award at the AIChE annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa., this fall.

Article by Karen B. Roberts

Photos by Ambre Alexander and Kathy F. Atkinson

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