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Gao and Davis to Be Honored at Convocation

On October 1, Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Jeffrey Davis of the Chemical Engineering Department were two of the eight “nationally acclaimed faculty members” presented with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the Sixth Annual Faculty Convocation. The convocation took place at 11:00 a.m. in Bowker Auditorium of Stockbridge Hall.

Chancellor Robert C. Holub hosted the eight honorees and the campus community for a luncheon reception under the tent in Parking Lot 65, located directly behind Stockbridge Hall, immediately following the ceremony.

In 2009, Dr. Gao received the honorary title of Fellow from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers “for contributions to inter-domain internet protocol network routing.” According to the IEEE, “The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and shall be conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.”

Among other honors, she received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Dr. Gao’s research interests include multimedia networking, Internet routing, network security, and energy efficient wireless networks.

One example of her research is work developing guidelines for network operators to prevent “oscillation” – or runaway routing among domains – by applying a system of consistent policies to the unwieldy rules of routing.

Dr. Davis has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, a Lilly Teaching Fellowship, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award.

The focus of Dr. Davis’ research is the development of mathematical models to provide a fundamental understanding of microscale fluid dynamics on heterogeneous surfaces. This heterogeneity results from chemical patterning, topographical variations, and differential heating of the substrate, all of which lead to significant deviations from fluidic behavior on uniform surfaces. Flows over these non-uniform surfaces are crucial to applications that include microfluidic analytical devices and sensors, micro-electro-mechanical systems, and micro-fabrication processes. (September 2010)