WPI Announces 1999 Faculty Honors

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute's 1999 Board of Trustees' awards for Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship were presented at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation, held Tuesday, April 20. John A. McNeill, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was selected for the Outstanding Teacher Award. William R. Moser, professor of chemical engineering, was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. The following awards were also given to WPI teachers and graduate students:

The engineering honor society's Tau Beta Pi Award for Outstanding Academic Advisor went to Richard F. Vaz, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Amanda Sleeper of Holden, Mass., a graduate student in the biology/biotechnology department, received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. National Research Society Sigma Xi Graduate Research Awards were given to Julie Fondurulia of Westminster, Mass., a graduate student in the mathematics department, for her master's thesis; and to Cosme Furlong of Worcester, Mass., a graduate student in the mechanical engineering department, for his Ph.D. dissertation.

The first-ever Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award was given to Stephen W. Pierson, assistant professor of physics. The award recognizes innovation in undergraduate teaching and was presented by Laura Moruzzi of Worcester, whose husband, the late Romeo L. Moruzzi, came to teach at WPI in 1954 and, among other accomplishments, helped to establish the WPI Plan. Under the Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.

WPI also honored the years of dedication and accomplishment for retiring WPI professors Van Bluemel, Frank D. DeFalco, Wilhelm H. Eggimann, Dieter Klein and H.P.D. Lanyon.