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Four professors and a graduate student in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, have been chosen to receive awards at the annual faculty dinner on May 3.

Ray Pearson, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering, is recipient of the Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Advising.

Pearson, who directs the Microelectronic Packaging Materials Lab, studies processing, deformation, yield and fracture of polymers as well as adhesion and processing of polymers for microelectronic packaging. He joined the faculty in 1990.

Clay Naito, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the Hillman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising.

Naito, who joined the faculty in 2001, studies the effects of seismic activity on reinforced concrete structures, concrete-steel composite components and residential wood frame construction.

Gregory Tonkay, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Tonkay, who also serves as associate chair of the industrial and systems engineering department, studies the integration and control of manufacturing systems. He directs the Electronics Manufacturing Laboratory, and specializes in hybrid circuit boards and thick-film ceramic hybrids.

Helen Chan, the New Jersey Zinc Professor of materials science and engineering, received the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award.

Chan, an expert in the mechanical behavior and the reactive processing of ceramics, joined the faculty in 1986. She was recently elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) for achievements in education and research in the field of ceramics. Her research interests include the processing of metallic foams from ceramic foam precursors.

Christopher Janneck, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, received a teaching assistant award.

Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005

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