Sciences Faculty Recognized at Celebration of Faculty Excellence

NC State recognized 30 faculty members, including several from the College of Sciences, for their dedication to teaching, research and engagement during the 2018 Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 1.

The annual event honors faculty who have won prestigious state, national and international awards and created new knowledge and advancements in their respective disciplines.

Chancellor Randy Woodson presented four faculty members with the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, NC State’s highest award recognizing faculty achievement. Among the honorees was Harald W. Ade, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics.

The following Sciences faculty were also honored during the ceremony:

  • John E. Thomas, John S. Risley Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics, was honored for being named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.
  • William L. Ditto, professor in the Department of Physics, was honored for being elected to the National Academy of Inventors.
  • Eric Chi, assistant professor in the Department of Statistics, and Alexander Kemper and Divine Kumah, assistant professors in the Department of Physics, were honored for receiving National Science Foundation Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) Awards, one of the NSF’s highest awards for young science faculty.
  • Tye Lidman, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, was honored for receiving the Sloan Research Fellowship, a prestigious award given to the very best scientific minds working today.
  • Richard Longland, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, was honored for receiving the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Research Award. This award supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers.

2018 marks the seventh year of the Celebration of Faculty Excellence. In recognition of all honored faculty, the university lit the Memorial Belltower red for the night.