Rutgers faculty are internationally recognized for the work they do to create new knowledge, generate innovative ideas, and prepare the next generation of leaders. They have won the National Medals of Science and Technology, Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur “Genius” Awards, and Fulbright Scholarships, and been named Professor of the Year. They have been elected to the most prestigious scholarly societies: the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Paul Falkowski, a professor of geological and marine science at the School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2018 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Falkowski received the award in recognition for his pioneering work aimed at understanding and communicating the impacts of human activities on the global climate.
Evie Shockley, an associate professor of English at the School of Arts and Sciences, was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Shockley also codirects the Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI), which encourages students from underrepresented cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to pursue academic careers. Students benefit from the experience of someone who is not just a theorist, but a working poet.
Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical biology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berman plays a leadership role for the Electron Microscopy Data Resource and is currently developing infrastructure for archiving structures that have been determined using integrative/hybrid methods.
Three assistant professors at the School of Engineering have been awarded prestigious CAREER awards. The honors from the National Science Foundation come with grants totaling more than $1.5 million for campus-based research that will include dozens of Rutgers students during the next five years.
Janne Lindqvist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded for his research in the science of security and solutions for secure authentication to verify authorized users by smartphones.
Ronke Olabisi in the Department of Biomedical Engineering was awarded for her research on faster healing of chronic wounds that afflict diabetics and the elderly, immobile, and obese.
George Tsilomelekis in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was awarded for his work developing more energy-efficient production of propylene, which is used in creating many materials.