Awards and Achievements of Faculty
Engineering School's Office of Minority Programs (OMP) is
among the recipients of the 1999 Presidential Awards for Excellence
in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award,
administered and funded through the National Science Foundation,
honors 10 individuals and five groups that have been exemplary
in their encouragement of minorities, women and persons with
disabilities to pursue careers in scientific, engineering and
technical fields. President Clinton has said that they would
"serve as examples to their colleagues and will be leaders
in the national effort to train the next century of scientists,
mathematicians and engineers."
OMP's primary objective is to increase the recruitment, retention
and graduation of underrepresented students pursuing undergraduate
and graduate degrees in engineering. This work has been carried
out within the larger purpose of increasing the pool of talented
minority high school students interested in engineering and
heightening awareness of engineering within minority communities.
OMP efforts include a week-long residential program for rising
high school juniors and seniors, a summer bridge academy for
first-year students, internships in the corporate sector, and
research opportunities with U.Va. faculty. As a result of OMP
programs, more than 249 underrepresented minority undergraduate
students and 122 graduate students have received degrees from
the engineering school during the last 10 years.
The Darden Graduate School
of Business Administration was one of 10 leading business
schools that recently won an award in New York from the World
Resources Institute and The Aspen Institute's Initiative for
Social Innovation through Business. Their annual survey, "Beyond
Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental
Stewardship," recognizes the Darden School as an innovator
in training future business managers to address environmental
and social challenges in business.
Nicholas Sidiropoulos, assistant professor of electrical
engineering, and colleagues, were the recipients of a $450,000
award from the National Science Foundation's Wireless IT & Networks
Initiative for their proposal titled, "From Medium Access
to Physical Layer: An Integrated DSP Framework for Wireless
Maite Brandt-Pearce, assistant professor of electrical
engineering, was promoted to senior member of The Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Parker, director of mail services, was recently recognized
by the U.S. Postal Service with its Mail Center Manager Award.
The award was presented at the National Postal Forum, held in
Chicago in September. Parker helped establish a centralized
mailroom operation and introduced such cost-saving measures
as permit imprint controls, postage meter reduction and Business
Reply Mail permits, saving the University more than $100,000.
He also developed a unique post office box address scheme for
the University Hospital, Grounds and students.
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' Institute on
Violence and Culture has received a $250,000, three-year
grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to study faith and religion
in war-torn worlds. Scholarship will focus on personal accounts,
autobiography, poetry and fiction of victims, witnesses, perpetrators
and instigators of war. Two to four senior Rockefeller research
fellows per year will receive funding. For information, contact
Roberta Culbertson at 924-3296, or visit the web site at: http://www.virginia.edu/vfh.