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HRH College of Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award

The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award is an annual award that carries a one-time stipend of $2,000 and is given on a competitive basis to a member within the college according to the following criteria:

  1. The faculty member must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.
  2. The faculty member must be active in research. The award will be given to the most distinguished researcher in the College with emphasis on accomplishments during the previous year and cumulative research work during the previous five years. Consideration will be given based on consistency and productivity.
  3. Faculty member should not have received this award in the last five years.
  4. Research accomplishments that will be considered include but are not limited to:
    • Reviewed journal publications
    • Reviewed conference proceedings
    • Citations of published work
    • Proposals and funded research
    • Graduate students graduated
    • Unfunded research

The award is given based on the recommendations of a selection committee composed of engineering faculty from other institutions.

Year Winner Quote from the External Committee
2013 N. Ghafoori Nader Ghafoori is an experienced professor of civil engineering. He has maintained an impressive research record despite serving until recently as Department Chair. His research interest is in Portland cement concrete materials and structures. He averaged 2 journal articles per year, and advised an impressive 9 graduate students in the past 5 years. He is a well-recognized expert in his field, and has been involved with organizing several conferences in his field.
2012 S. Ahmad

Sajjad Ahmad joined UNLV in 2006 and is currently an Associate professor working in the field of water resources and climate change. Since 2007 he has 25 papers in peer reviewed journals and 30 conference papers. His h-index is quite high 13 with a total of 522 citations. He has been able to attract $1.4 M in research funding over the last 5 years. He also has received several research awards at UNLV. His research has found a lot of applications in projecting climate change and estimating soil moisture using remote sensing data. He also has received an Outstanding mentor award.

2011 D. Pepper Dr. Pepper’s contribution to the College, his profession, and the field of Finite Element Analysis is well rounded and substantial at all levels. This is reflected by him being able to publish in forms of books, book chapters, journals, conferences, serving as editor to major journals, develop platforms to conduct research not just for himself but also for others, and staying active in guiding graduate students. Many of his peer reviewed publication in journals and conferences are with him being the first author. In addition to publications, he has been successful in attracting research funding. Dr. Pepper has stayed active in mentoring graduate students.