2022-2023 Awards for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

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Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Awardees

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering presented its annual awards to faculty, staff, and students for the 2022-2023 academic year on April 28, 2023. These awards celebrate the excellence and fundamental values of our college.

2022-2023 Faculty Awardees

International Educator of the Year

  • Senior Faculty Award – John K. Schueller, Ph.D.
  • Junior Faculty Award – Jeremiah Blanchard, Ph.D.

Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award

  • Swarup Bhunia, Ph.D.
  • Assel Aitkaliyeva, Ph.D.
  • John Conklin, Ph.D.
  • Kyle Allen, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Otto, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Teacher of the Year

  • Jonathan Brooks, Ph.D.

Faculty Advising/Mentor of the Year

  • Michael Griffis, Ph.D.

Teacher/Scholar of the Year

  • Wesley E. Bolch, Ph.D.

Pramod P. Khargonekar Junior Faculty Award for Excellence

  • Christopher Ferraro, Ph.D.

Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

  • Piyush K. Jain, Ph.D.

UF Research Foundation Professorship Award

  • Sivaramakrishnan (Bala) Balachandar, Ph.D.
  • Sanjay Ranka, Ph.D.
  • Parisa Rashidi, Ph.D.

2022-2023 Staff Awardees

International Educator of the Year Staff Award

  • Joel Parker

Professional Advisor of the Year Staff Award

  • Sierra McVeigh

2022-2023 Student Awardees

Attributes of a Gator Engineer Awards

Service to the Global Community

  • Ph.D.: Oscar LaFontaine (Civil Engineering)
  • B.S.: Alejandro Hernandez (Biomedical Engineering)


  • Ph.D.: Jorge Santiago-Hernández (Civil Engineering)
  • B.S.: Kiara Xhindi (Biomedical Engineering)


  • Ph.D.: Santosh Rananaware (Chemical Engineering)
  • B.S.: Grace Winkler (Mechanical Engineering)


  • Ph.D.: Minh-Chau Le (Mechanical Engineering)
  • B.S.: Mackenzie Peck (Mechanical Engineering)

Professional Excellence

  • Ph.D.: Woosol Lee (Electrical Engineering)
  • B.S.: Julie Peeling (Agricultural and Biological Engineering)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Ph.D.: Elizabeth Volpe (Civil Engineering)
  • B.S.: Krista Marrocco (Electrical Engineering)

Gator Engineering Student Society Recognition Award for Excellence

  • Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WiCSE)

Commencement Awards

Outstanding Gator Engineering M.S. Scholar

  • Ekleen Kaur (Computer Science)

Outstanding Gator Engineering Four-Year Scholar

  • Sophie Louise Williams (Chemical Engineering)                     

Outstanding Gator Engineering Two-Year Scholar

  • Colton Miles Ginter (Materials Science and Engineering) 

Dean Jonathan F.K. Earle Engineering Leadership Award

  • Zinia Noureen Basil (Biomedical Engineering) 

Dean Joseph Weil Engineering Leadership Award

  • Marion Diana Hagstrom (Biomedical Engineering)

Dean Cammy Abernathy IDEA Award

  • Oluwabusayo Adeyemi Oni (Biomedical Engineering)

Commencement Student Speakers

  • Connor Rice (Civil Engineering, undergraduate)      
  • Lillian Heran (Environmental Engineering Sciences, undergraduate)
  • Diksha Verma (Computer Science, graduate commencement)