Awardees for 2012-2013

Professor Laurie Starkey has developed innovative teaching techniques for organic chemistry and adapted them for online learning. She has authored a textbook and also created a YouTube chemistry channel for teachers and for students of all ages. Starkey includes peer reviews in her courses, making students part of the teaching process. She has won the Distinguished Teaching Award and twice received the Science Council Advisor of the Year Award. Starkey also has served on the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching editorial board and the GRE-Chemistry Committee of Examiners.

Professor Ernie Simpson has served as chemistry department chairman, graduate studies coordinator, and developer and chief advisor for the industrial chemistry option. He also served on numerous committees and was a reader of the Graduate Writing Test for many years. Simpson founded the College of Science’s Cooperative Education Program in 1978 and oversaw it until 2001, placing 300 students per year at more than 125 companies. He is an American Chemical Society Fellow and organized annual conferences for several professional organizations. Simpson was a principal investigator on Cal Poly Pomona contracts, grants and philanthropic funding, totaling more than $4 million.

Professor Vilupanur Ravi is a world-class materials scientist who has pioneered research on the mechanical properties of thermoelectric materials, pack cementation coatings, and the environmental resistance of boron-modified titanium alloys. Ravi is co-inventor on 11 U.S. and 13 international patents. He has conducted interdisciplinary research with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and many others. Ravi won the Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award in 2006. He serves on the ASM International and the Materials Information Society boards. Ravi is also past president of Alpha Sigma Mu, the international professional honor society for materials science and engineering.

"Trio Selected for Provost's Awards for Excellence" - article on Polycentric