13th Celebration of Faculty Excellence held
As part of 2014 State of the University Week, the administration Sept. 16 held the 2014 Celebration of Faculty Excellence. The awards were conferred by Provost Shirley Willihnganz and William Pierce, executive vice president for research and innovation.
“Great universities have great faculty,” UofL President James Ramsey said in his remarks. “We have a great faculty – a truly amazing faculty – at the University of Louisville. We have a faculty who excel in teaching, service, scholarship, research and creative activity. A faculty who care. A faculty who raise the bar for all of us as a university.”
The 13th annual ceremony recognized:
- Recipients of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards in the areas of excellence in outstanding scholarship, research and creative activity; service; and teaching;
- Recipient of the President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award;
- 2013 faculty winners of the Community Engagement award;
- 2013-2014 Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching;
- New endowed chairs and professors;
- New Distinguished University Scholar and University Scholars; and
- Those whose creative work has resulted in new patents, licenses and options.
Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity
- Recognizing departments engaged in sustained efforts to promote teaching excellence through implementing best practices in teaching and learning;
- Rewarding departmental faculty teams who collaborate in exemplary ways to enhance student learning;
- Encouraging and rewarding those who implement research-based initiatives to document student learning at the departmental and unit level; and
- Supplementing departmental efforts to sustain meaningful innovations in teaching and learning.
President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards
Award winners receive a medallion and a check for $1,000. They will be featured on campus banners later this year.
Basic and Applied Sciences
Donald Demuth, professor, School of Dentistry. Demuth was recruited to the University of Louisville in 2003 as the first senior faculty member in the newly formed research group Oral Health and Systemic Disease in the School of Dentistry. His research program concentrates on the molecular biology of oral pathogens. The long-term goal is to develop targeted anti-microbial therapies that specifically act on disease-causing bacteria but do not affect the beneficial organisms that are present in the oral cavity. Outside of the laboratory, he enjoys cycling, jogging and photography with his wife Meg. They have two daughters, Ellie, 19, and Courtney, 16.
Steven Koenig, professor, Speed School of Engineering. Koenig is the Endowed Chair of Cardiac Implant Science in the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute and a professor in the departments of bioengineering and surgery. He helped developed an advanced heart failure research program that conducts clinical, engineering and scientific research and development to clinically translate novel diagnostic tools and innovative therapies for advanced heart failure. His broad research focus is to understand physiologic responses and remodeling of the heart, vasculature and end-organs during mechanical circulatory support for the treatment of advanced heart failure to improve heart failure patient outcomes and restore quality of life.
Jason Gainous, professor, College of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include information technology and politics, American politics, public opinion and political behavior, political psychology, and methodology. His research has won awards from the American Political Science Association, the Kentucky Political Science Association and the Florida Political Science Association. Additionally, he serves as the Frankfort internship advisor, placing students as interns in Kentucky’s capital with various state legislators.
Avery Kolers, professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Kolers joined the philosophy department in 2000. He works principally in the areas of political philosophy and applied ethics. This summer, thanks to a Lewis Foundation fellowship from the program in Latin American and Latino Studies, Kolers traveled to Spain to research the political thought of Francisco de Vitoria and Bartolomé de las Casas, two of the leading critics of empire in the first generations of the Spanish Conquista. A Canadian by birth, Kolers is a lifelong supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs, so he is acquainted with suffering, and is a fair-weather fan of the Blue Jays. He is married and has two children, aged 9 and 6, enrolled in Jefferson County Public Schools.
David Hein, professor, School of Medicine. Hein serves as Peter K. Knoefel Endowed Chair of Pharmacology, professor and chairman of the pharmacology and toxicology department, Distinguished University Scholar and associate university provost for strategic planning. He directs the NIH-funded training program in Environmental Health Sciences and the NCI-funded Cancer Education Program. Hein’s research focuses on pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, genetic predisposition to environmental disease and drug toxicity, cancer prevention and education.
Distinguished Faculty Awards in Service
Service to UofL
David S. Owen, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Owen is associate professor of philosophy and director of diversity programs for the College of Arts and Sciences. He is also director of the diversity literacy program. He is the 2014 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, and was awarded honorable mention in 2008 for the President’s Multicultural Teaching Award. His research interests are mainly in social philosophy, including critical race theory, the philosophy of diversity, Habermas, and the Frankfurt School. His current projects include developing a normative framework for institutional diversity work grounded in the theory of recognition and developing a critical theory of whiteness to explain the structural and unconscious mechanisms by which racial oppression is reproduced.
Service to the Profession
Jacek Zurada, professor, Speed School of Engineering. Zurada has been with the University of Louisville since 1981 and serves as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He authored or co-authored several books and over 370 papers in computational intelligence, neural networks, machine learning, logic rule extraction, and bioinformatics, and he has delivered over 100 presentations and seminars throughout the world. His work has been cited over 8,000 times. Since 2009, he delivered 13 keynote or plenary invited conference talks in Mexico, Chile, Netherlands, China, Singapore, Turkey, Poland, and Italy. He has served as a PhD. advisor to 19 students. He serves as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) V-President, Technical Activities (TAB Chair), and also chairs the IEEE TAB Management Committee.
National and International Service
Joy Hart, professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Hart is the professor of communication and executive director of the University Honors Program. She teaches courses and conducts research on health communication and organizational communication. Much of her recent research has examined communication in the U.S. tobacco control movement and international health, focusing especially on Belize, Botswana and the Philippines. Hart is co-director of Interdisciplinary Programs for the International Service Learning Program, a founding member of the university’s Sustainability Council and the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation Program, a faculty affiliate for the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, and a mentor for the Brown Fellows Program.
Career of Service
Karen Karp, professor, College of Education and Human Development. Karp is a professor of mathematics education in the department of early and elementary childhood education. She is highly regarded nationally in her field of mathematics education and teacher education, including at the intersection of mathematics education and special education. In recognition of her contributions in special education, in 2013 she was invited to give the Judith Jacobs lecture, one of the highest honors in her field, sharing her expertise in special education with the mathematics education community. She is engaged in a myriad of elected and appointed leadership roles in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). She has also served in leadership roles for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the largest professional organization in the nation devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education.
Distinguished Faculty Awards in Teaching
Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for Full-time Teaching
Jeffrey Hieb, associate professor, Speed School of Engineering. Hieb is an associate professor in the department of engineering fundamentals. In his teaching, he focuses on innovative and effective use of tablets, digital ink and other technology. He is an ASEE campus star and in 2010 he won the best paper award at the Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education for his paper “A digital ink and computer algebra system mashup to enhance classroom learning.” Since 2011, he has been using the flipped classroom model in some of his classes and recently redesigned Introductory Calculus to use the National Center for Academic Transformation’s emporium model redesign. Since 2005, he has been working in the area of cyber security for industrial control systems.
Kelly McCants, assistant professor, School of Medicine. McCants serves as director of cardiac transplantation and is the primary transplant physician at Jewish Hospital. He is actively involved in the mentorship and training of clinical fellows and started the very first Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program in Kentucky. He is experienced in right heart catheterizations, myocardial biopsies, management of Left Ventricular Assist Devices, and other therapies for advanced heart failure.
Jeffrey Skinner, professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Poet, playwright, and essayist Jeffrey Skinner has been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. His most recent prose book, “The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets,” was published to wide attention and acclaim, including a full-page positive review in The New York Times Book Review. His latest book of poems, “Glaciology,” was chosen in 2012 as the winner in the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition. Skinner has five other published volumes of his poetry, in addition to several edited anthologies and numerous chapbooks. Also a playwright, Skinner’s recent play, “Down Range,” has had successful runs in New York City and Chicago. Some of Skinner’s other plays have been finalists in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference competition, and winners in various play contests. Skinner’s writing has gathered grants, fellowships, and awards from sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts (1986, 2006), the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the state arts agencies of Connecticut, Delaware and Kentucky.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for Part-time Teaching
Jack Morris, assistant professor, School of Dentistry. With over 50 years of teaching at dental schools, Morris has had the pleasure of instructing approximately 5,000 dentists, and he hopes he had a positive influence on the vast majority of his students. He joined UofL in 1979 and retired in 2007, then voluntarily returned on a four-day-a-week basis. He feels he has had the greatest success in teaching dental students the importance of a positive attitude toward their patients and the desire to give 100 percent effort toward the procedures he/she tries to accomplish.
Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award
The University of Louisville Multicultural Center and its Advisory Board established the President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award in 1996. The award is given each year to a faculty member who has incorporated multicultural and global perspectives into his or her scholarship, teaching practices and research.
Jamie Abrams, professor, School of Law. Abrams teaches torts, domestic relations, legislation, and women and the law. Her scholarship focuses on integrating masculinities theory in feminist law reforms, gendered conceptions of citizenship, implicit inequalities in tort standards of care and legal education pedagogy. She has forthcoming articles titled “The Illusion of Autonomy in Women’s Medical Decision-Making” in the Florida State Law Review and “The Socratic Method Revisited” in the Journal of Legal Education. She recently published a book chapter on “Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms” in the 2013 inter-disciplinary book Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Theory Reflections. Her prior published works have studied how historic shifts in immigration law have codified dominant conceptions of masculinities, revealed the collateral consequences of masculinizing violence in law reform agendas, examined entrenched masculinities in the republican government tradition, and identified tensions implementing the legislative intent of U-Visas for immigrant women.
New Endowed Faculty
Gregory Barnes, School of Medicine. Barnes is the inaugural permanent director of the University of Louisville Autism Center. He holds the Spafford Ackerly Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and faculty positions in the departments of neurology and pediatrics. In 2008, Barnes was appointed national neurology co-leader for the Autism Treatment Network. In 2012, he was appointed to the external scientific advisory committee for the Preclinical Autism Consortium for Therapeutics. Barnes holds the academic title of associate professor of neurology and pediatrics. The Louisville native and his wife, Kay, have two children.
Andrea Behrman, professor, School of Medicine. She recently joined UofL’s department of neurological surgery and the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. She holds the Kosair Charities Endowed Chair Pediatric NeuroRecovery. As a physical therapist, her research focuses on developing therapeutic interventions to promote recovery after spinal cord injury in both children and adults, using principles of activity-dependent plasticity and an understanding of walking neurobiology. As primary investigator, she recently completed the Kids STEP Study testing the effect of locomotor training in children unable to walk or stand, identifying potential mechanisms for recovery of postural control and stepping. Behrman is the executive director of the University of Louisville, Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery, which provides activity-based therapies to children with neurologic dysfunction, trains healthcare professionals and researchers, and conducts research to guide clinical practice. She is also co-director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, which provides standardized activity-based therapies for individuals with spinal cord injury at seven national rehabilitation centers in the United States.
David Buckley, assistant professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Buckley is the Paul Weber Chair of Politics, Science and Religion in UofL’s department of political science. He is a comparative political scientist whose research and teaching focuses on religion and democratic politics. His primary research project analyzes the coexistence between religion and democracy in the Philippines, Senegal and Ireland. Buckley has also published research on public opinion among Muslim minorities in the United States and Western Europe, and the political implications of the election of Pope Francis on American Catholics. He lives in Crescent Hill with his wife, Jessica, and their daughter, Sarah.
Swapna Chandran, assistant professor, School of Medicine. Chandran’s special areas of interest include adult and pediatric voice disorders, adult and pediatric upper aerodigestive disorders, intracapsular tonsillectomy and general pediatric ENT. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Broncho-Esophageal Association and the American Laryngological Association. She holds the Louisa Bumgardner Professorship in Otolaryngology.
Brendan Depue, assistant professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Depue is Endowed Chair of Behavioral Brain Imaging. His previous research and current training involves using neuroimaging methodologies to examine the neural mechanisms involved in inhibitory influence in the interface between emotion and memory. For the past 12 years, Depue has been using functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography to measure the brain’s response to certain behavioral challenges. He is fascinated by the number of behavioral disorders that exhibit what appears to be dysfunction in inhibitory mechanisms of the human brain. This dysfunction is manifest in various clinical populations, and incorporates a broad array of behavioral domains, ranging from motoric dishinhibition (ADHD), an inability to inhibit the memory and the emotional components of trauma-related experience (PTSD), to uncontrollable, ruminative thought patterns (anxiety/mood disorders; e.g., OCD).
Ronald Gregg, professor, School of Medicine. Gregg is professor in the biochemistry and molecular biology departments and is the director of the Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine. He joined the University of Louisville in 1997. Gregg’s research focuses on the molecular and genetic underpinnings of the group of genetic diseases referred to congenital stationary night blindness. He has published in excess of 100 peer-reviewed research articles and served on numerous NIH study sections. Gregg has focused on the molecular machinery in the bipolar cells that is responsible for sensing the alterations in light intensity. He holds the Preston Pope Jones Endowed Chair of Biochemical Research.
Kevin Gue, Speed School of Engineering. Gue is the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair of Engineering Logistics and director of UofL’s Logistics and Distribution Institute. Gue’s research addresses the design and control of logistics systems, with a focus on distribution, warehousing and material handling. He is co-inventor of the warehouse aisle designs known as the Flying-V, Fishbone and Chevron, work that received multiple best paper awards and the Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award in 2009. He and his wife, Bonnie, have eight children and three grandchildren.
Diane Harper, School of Medicine. Harper, chair of the department of family and geriatric medicine, is an internationally recognized expert in HPV associated diseases, their prevention, early detection and treatment for the prevention of cancer. She has been a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), advising on global guidelines screening and prevention programs in low- and middle-income countries to prevent cervical cancer. She has a strong interest in public health, epidemiology, and health behaviors, and she is widely published in those areas. She is renowned for her educational commitment, receiving multiple teaching awards at several universities as well as nationally. She holds the Gradie R. Rowntree, MD, and Mary D. Rowntree Chair in Family Practice.
Steven Koenig, Speed School of Engineering. Koenig is the Endowed Chair of Cardiac Implant Science in the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute and a professor in the departments of bioengineering and surgery. He helped developed an advanced heart failure research program that conducts clinical, engineering and scientific research and development to clinically translate novel diagnostic tools and innovative therapies for advanced heart failure. His broad research focus is to understand physiologic responses and remodeling of the heart, vasculature and end-organs during mechanical circulatory support for the treatment of advanced heart failure to improve heart failure patient outcomes and restore quality of life.
Maureen A. McCall, professor, School of Medicine. McCall joined the UofL faculty in 1997. She became a professor in the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences in 2007 and holds joint appointments in the departments of anatomical sciences and neurobiology and in psychological and brain sciences. McCall’s research uses electrophysiological techniques to evaluate normal visual function, dysfunction caused by blinding retinal diseases and the restoration of function using a variety of therapeutic strategies. Particular areas of emphasis are in the study of retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma and congenital stationary night blindness. She holds the Kentucky Lions Eye Research Endowed Chair.
Ranen Omer-Sherman, College of Arts and Sciences. Omer-Sherman has just been appointed the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies. He previously served as professor of English at the University of Saint Louis in Madrid, Spain and the University of Miami; his essays on Israeli and Jewish writers have appeared in numerous publications. A great deal of his scholarship is informed by lived experience prior to becoming an academic. He immigrated to Israel in the 1970s when he was 17, served in the Israeli army and helped establish a desert kibbutz where he resided for some 13 years. His activities in those years included work in desert agriculture (date palms, dairy cattle, flowers and field crops) working as a government-trained desert guide in the Sinai and Negev and even a stint as a ranger for the Nature Reserves Authority. Life in kibbutz has made him deeply attuned to issues of social justice and also how fragile and precious authentically conscientious and self-critical communities are, what it takes for them to work, and the need for the individual and the collective to strive to reach some kind of equilibrium.
Amy Quillo, School of Medicine. Quillo dedicated to the evaluation and care of patients with surgical endocrine disease, namely thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease, with a special interest in familial and genetic endocrine disorders. She holds the Kenneth F. Von Roenn M.D. Family Chair in Surgical Endocrinology. A native of Louisville, she is the only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Louisville and one of three in the state of Kentucky. She focuses on care of patients first and foremost, but also outcomes research and training residents and medical students in the intricacies of biochemical evaluation and surgical treatment of patients with benign and malignant thyroid disease; parathyroid disease; functional, benign and malignant adrenal tumors; and many large families with genetic endocrine syndromes. She is happily married to Nathan Quillo, owner of local (and expanding) business Quills Coffee, and they have one fiery redhead, Henry, who is 6.
Jason Smith, associate professor, School of Medicine. Smith holds many distinguished positions in the School of Medicine, including associate professor of surgery; academic advisory dean, department of surgery; chief Medical information officer for the University of Louisville Hospital; and division director of general surgery. He is the Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. and Mrs. Lily Banerjee Chair in Surgery. In addition to his faculty and research support responsibilities, he is active in numerous professional societies, national organizations and committees, including American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Chair of EAST Foundation Development Committee, Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma, Southeastern Surgical Society, Central Surgical Society, Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Price Institute of Surgical Medicine, Kentucky Medical Association, Louisville Surgical Society and Greater Louisville Medical Society.
Kupper Wintergerst, School of Medicine. A Louisville native, Wintergerst came to UofL in 2006 to take a position as assistant professor in the division of pediatric endocrinology. He was promoted to associate professor in 2012 and to division chief this year. While continuing to care for patients, he maintains a strong interest in teaching, community service, public health and clinical research and holds several local, regional and national leadership positions. He became the endocrine lead for newborn screening in Kentucky in 2007 and the regional lead for the newborn screening long-term congenital hypothyroidism follow-up project for Region 4 in 2010. His primary clinical and research focus is in the realm of diabetes and hyperglycemia of critical illness. He is the director of TrialNet Diabetes Studies, an international research consortium for the prevention of type 1 diabetes mellitus, as well as the director of the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center, a newly established center for excellence in diabetes care and research. He is the Wendy L Novak Endowed Chair of Pediatric Diabetes Care and Clinical Research.
Outstanding Community Engagement, 2013 Faculty Award
These awards were created in 2009 as a way to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners who are involved in outstanding community engagement service. A monetary award of $2,500 goes to recipients engaged in exemplary community engagement activities such as volunteerism, community based learning, outreach, partnerships, curricular engagement or community based research. Recipients are selected based on their work to improve the community, and recognizes outstanding local, regional, rural, or international engagement. The 2014 winners will be announced later this semester.
Lora Haynes, associate professor, College of Arts & Sciences, department of psychological and brain sciences. Her teaching, service, and research center on family risk, resilience and mindfulness, with a broad area of specialization in social/cognitive and applied developmental psychology. Haynes is director of the Resilient Families Project, which provides educational and community-building experiences to strengthen families and promote resilience and wellness for homeless children and parents. She is also the departmental director of internship and service-learning, and the departmental director of distance education. She is on the steering committee for the Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation program, and is on the board of directors for both Prospect Latin School and Educational Justice. She has served on the Coordinating Circle for Mayor Fischer’s Partnership for Compassionate Louisville since 2011.
Paul Weber Award for Departmental Excellence In Teaching
The award, established in 2005, is named in memory of Dr. Paul Weber, a distinguished teacher, scholar, and mentor at the University of Louisville. In the spirit of Dr. Weber’s commitment to teaching excellence at UofL, the award is intended to foster and sustain our university’s culture of teaching excellence by:
Department of Pediatrics. Pediatrics faculty must be prepared to teach across a continuum from a new medical student to the graduating senior resident while themselves learning about rapidly evolving technology, generational changes in learners and evolution of the country’s healthcare system. The educational mission of the department is to excel in the education of future and current physicians across this developmental continuum of medical teaching by providing the ideal faculty, curriculum, and clinical milieu. By embracing constant innovation in teaching and by motivating individuals to achieve their highest potential, the department continues to move forward and change.
The goal of the University Scholar and Distinguished Scholar Program is to recruit new faculty scholars and retain existing faculty members who demonstrate superior creativity and scholarship in their field of expertise. More than 100 faculty members have been named scholars and distinguished scholars since the program began in 1995.
Chendil Damodaran, associate professor, School of Medicine. Damodaran is also director of urology research in the department of urology and has a joint appointment in the department of pharmacology and toxicology. His passion is to combine the expertise of his clinical colleagues with rigorous basic research investigations from his laboratory for developing novel treatments for cancer prevention and treatment. The current focus of Damodaran’s laboratory is on the identification of minimally toxic natural compounds, including dietary supplements, with potent anticancer activities, and translating them in the clinic for cancer prevention and individualized treatment for cancer patients. HIs research is supported by the National Cancer Institute.
Julie Peteet, anthropology professor, College of Arts & Sciences.
Peteet is also director of Middle East and Islamic Studies at UofL. Her research focuses on Palestinian displacement and refugee camps and, more recently, on the spatio-temporal dimensions of the policy and practices of closure in Palestine. She just returned from a six-month NEH Fellowship in Jordan where she studied “The Cultural Politics of Bathing,” a study of the recent revitalization of traditional hammams (baths), the recent turn in the Middle East to all things Ottoman and the neo-liberal body. She has taught at UofL since 1991, written three books, and has been published in a variety of leading anthropology and Middle East journals.
Xiang Zhang, professor, College of Arts & Sciences. Zhang’s research centers on molecular systems biology by developing high throughput bioanalytical methods and bioinformatics tools for the analyses of complex mixtures derived from living systems to facilitate the development of preventive, predictive and personalized medicine for the promotion of health and wellness. Before joining UofL, Zhang worked for Beyond Genomics, Inc., a Boston-based systems biology company, to develop bioanalytical and bioinformatics platforms for disease biomarker discovery and validation, and was a research assistant professor at Purdue University. At Purdue, he was also lead scientist at the Bindley Bioscience Center, where he researched biological data management, data integration and data mining for large scale proteomics and metabolomics research. He joined the UofL chemistry department as an associate professor in 2008 and was promoted to professor in 2011. Dr. Zhang also serves as an associate faculty member of the UofL pharmacology and toxicology department and is the director of the Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics.
Distinguished University Scholars
Susmita Datta, professor, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, department of bioinformatics and biostatistics. A university scholar since 2010, she was promoted to distinguished scholar in 2013 and is the director of the masters and PhD programs. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She has over 85 publications in peer-reviewed journals and referred book chapters. She played an instrumental role in developing the interdisciplinary bioinformatics program at the University of Louisville. Datta promotes women in STEM fields and, in addition to being on the Committee of Women in Statistics of ASA, was past president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics.
Mahendra Sunkara, professor of chemical engineering, Speed School of Engineering. Sunkara is a distinguished university scholar and the director of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy. He joined UofL in 1996 and has established a research lab focused on diamond and related materials. His technology on scalable manufacturing of nanowires is being commercialized through a startup, Advanced Energy Materials, LLC. His current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires.
Patents and Licenses
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Mary Jane Elliott