Honors & Awards

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Carl Elks, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Dreams to Reality Incubator Grant for Enhancing the Commercialization Potential of the SymPLe Trusted Computing Architecture
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Dreams to Reality Incubator Grant for Virtual PLC Platform for Threat Intelligence in Industrial Control Systems
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Jayasimha Atulasimha, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Internal Research Grant to Secure neuromorphic computing on embedded IoT devices for building energy management in smart cities
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Vitaliy Avrutin, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Internal Research Grant for On-Chip Quantum Key Distribution Systems for Secure Quantum Communications
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Ravi Hadimani, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Experiential Learning Grant for Experiential Learning in the Development of Economical and Conformal 5G Shielding Materials
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Patrick Martin, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Experiential Learning Grant for Developing a Cross-Institution Capstone Experience in Cybersecure Autonomous Robotics
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Yanxiao Zhao, Ph.D.
Central Virginia Node Internal Research Grant for Smart Wireless Attack and WiFi Sensing via Intelligent Reflecting Surface
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Eyuphan Bulut, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Innovation Bridge Grant for Aggregated IoT 5G Communication through IMSI Sharing
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Milos Manic, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Innovation Bridge Grant for Embedding Expert Bias in Machine Learning for Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructures
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Tamer Nadeem, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Innovation Bridge Grant for GINDAR - Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN)-based Internet-of-Medical-Things (IoMT) Network Detection and Response
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Tamer Nadeem, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Innovation Bridge Grant for MedGuard – Monitoring and Detecting Abnormal Activities/Behaviors of Medical Devices
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Carol Fung, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Innovation Bridge Grant for User-Centric Privacy Controls for Smart Home Devices
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Carol Fung, Ph.D.
Cybersecurity Innovation Bridge Grant for Enhancing the Privacy and Reliability of Massive-scale Bluetooth Low Energy Contact Tracing
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

Adeen Ayub
Student Research Poster Award for Empirical Analysis of PLC Authentication Protocols in Industrial Control Systems
2021 Women in Cybersecurity Conference

Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D.
Appointment for Recommendations of the most important research articles in biology and medicine
Faculty Opinions

Radhika Barua, Ph.D.
Research Grant for Passive multifunctional platforms for concurrent electromagnetic shielding and thermal management in radio-frequency (rf) devices
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Worth Longest, Ph.D.
Research Contract for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Models to Aid the Development of Generic Metered Dose Inhalers
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Sherif Abdelwahed, Ph.D.
Collaborative Research Grant for Using Innovations in Sensing, Data Analytics, and Community Engagement to Address Opioid Overdose Crisis
National Science Foundation

Daniel Conway, Ph.D.
Research Grant for Inhibition of cell-cell fusion as a potential mechanism for treatment of covid19
Commonwealth Health Research Board

Thang Dinh, Ph.D.
Collaborative Research Grant for SaTC: EAGER: Trustworthy and Privacy-preserving Federated Learning
National Science Foundation

Daniel E. Conway, Ph.D.
Maximizing Investigators' Research Grant for Understanding how mechanical forces within cells regulate homeostasis in the equilibrium of multicellular groups of epithelial cells
National Institutes of Health

Vitaliy Avrutin, Ph.D.
Presidential Research Quest Fund Grant for Si-based Hybrid Plasmonic/Photonic Nanotweezers for Quantum Photonics
VCU

Priscilla Hwang, Ph.D.
Presidential Research Quest Fund Grant for Investigating the Mechanical Coupling of Leader and Follower Cells to Drive Collective Cell Migration
VCU

Yanxiao Zhao, Ph.D.
Presidential Research Quest Fund Grant for Virtualizing Stable Wireless Communication via Intelligent Reflecting Surface
VCU

Johane Bracamonte Baran
Editor's Choice Award for Assessing Patient-Specific Mechanical Properties of Aortic Wall and Peri-Aortic Structures From In Vivo DENSE Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using an Inverse Finite Element Method and Elastic Foundation Boundary Conditions
Journal of Biomechanical Engineering

Alberto Cano, Ph.D.
Outstanding Associate Editor for 2020 for Top 3% of IEEE Access associate editors
IEEE Access

Zeyun Wu, Ph.D.
Nuclear Engineering University Project Grant for Regenerating Missing Experimental Parameters with Data-Assimilation Methods for MSRE Transient Benchmark Development and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Energy

Sherif Abdelwahed, Ph.D.
CEnR Health Equity award for A project using data analytics to address food insecurity
VCU

Thea Pepperl, Ph.D.
CEnR Impact for A project to help lay rescuers to perform a pulse check during CPR
VCU

Lane Carasik, Ph.D.
Faculty Development Grant for Additive manufacturing and novel measurement techniques to develop novel heat transfer enhancements for advanced reactor components
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Dimitris Killinger
2021 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award for Killinger’s research on developing new methods to improve nuclear waste accountability techniques used in nuclear fuel reprocessing for molten salt reactors
U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Supply Chain

Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D.
First Place for flDPnn: Critical assessment of protein intrinsic disorder prediction
Critical Assessment of Protein Intrinsic Disorder Prediction (CAID)

David Shepherd, Ph.D.
Collaborative Research Grant for Supporting Project-Based Learning in Undergraduate Software Engineering Courses
National Science Foundation

Ryan Green, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’19)
2021 Outstanding Teaching Award for Contributions to helping retain more underrepresented students in the university’s STEM programs
Mississippi State University’s chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education

Sana Hosseini, Ph.D.
Distinguished Dissertation Award for Evaluation of Regional Extrathoracic Deposition of Low- and High-Momentum Aerosol Using Anatomically Correct In Vitro Airway Models
Virginia Commonwealth University

Liza Roger, Ph.D.
2021 Early Career Training Program Award to Provide funds for travel and research supplies for coral research
Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network

Sana Hosseini, Ph.D.
Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award for Graduate research on developmental side of respiratory drug delivery
VCU

Zan Zhu
Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award for Graduate research on synthesis of novel functional materials and their applications in environmental aspects
VCU

Andrew Ward
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for Ward helped to build the first server on Discord, the social group-chat platform, to design computer engineering labs for remote interaction, and developed processes for recording and livestreaming lectures
VCU

Ashley S. Bland
2021 Teacher of the Year
Richmond Public Schools

Steven Meas
Doctoral Foreign Study Award for Support high-caliber Canadian students in all academic disciplines pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field outside of Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Milos Manic, Ph.D.
Research Grant for Advanced Data Analytics Toolbox and Sensitivity Analysis in Support of Smart, High-Precision Experiments and Data Management
Idaho National Laboratory

David Shepherd, Ph.D.
Collaborative Research Grant for Minoritized Youth Computer Science Learning, Belonging and Career Interest: Coding and Creating with Beats
National Science Foundation