Staff Award Winner
Liping Bien has been awarded the College of Engineering 2014 Staff Excellence Award. Bien has been with the college as a graduate coordinator for six years, and according to her nomination letter, her performance in all aspects of her job have been excellent.
“One of the most praise-worthy attributes in Liping’s work mentality is in that she always pro-actively initiates communication with all prospective students, admitted students, students with admission conditions, and individual program administrators to promotion the growth of all programs,” said Wei-Ming Lin, the associate dean for Graduate Studies. “Due to her continuous effort, the COE overall graduate enrollment has maintained a continuing growth in these years, even under the period of economic down turn.”
Faculty Award Winner, Teaching
Wei-Ming Lin has been awarded the College of Engineering 2014 Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. Lin joined the college in 1993 as an assistant professor and has steadily risen in the ranks, and is now currently serving as the Associate Dean at COE, overseeing the graduate programs for more than 1,000 students.
“Dr. Lin’s students rate him as one of the best professors at UTSA with instructor and course ratings at the top of the scale for each course he taught, without exception,” said Dr. Daniel Pack, professor and department chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Students consider him as one who is kno wledgeable and patient. He really connects with students, is innovative, and is readily available for instruction.”
Faculty Award Winner, Research
Mo Jamshidi has been awarded the College of Engineering 2014 Faculty Research Award. Currently, Professor Jamshidi serves as the Lutcher Brown Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“Dr. Jamshidi has demonstrated excellence in research, publishing 159 total works while at UTSA,” said Dr. Brian Kelly, associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. “Dr. Jamshidi has been instrumental in initiating faculty research in sustainable energy and smart grid systems, and his research efforts have led to the development of our West Campus Energy lab.”