College of Sciences Honors Faculty and Staff at Spring Sciences Celebration

Spring Sciences Celebration in Harrison Square recognizes excellence in research, teaching, service

April 19, 2023

Download photos from this year’s Sciences Celebration on the GTSciences Flickr.

The College of Sciences community gathered in Harrison Square on April 18 to honor faculty and staff with awards for the 2022-2023 school year during the Spring Sciences Celebration.

“It is nothing short of a pleasure to recognize outstanding faculty who excel in teaching and research,” said Susan Lozier, College of Sciences Dean and Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair, “and to celebrate the leadership and commitment to excellence of remarkable staff members across the College.”

At the annual celebration, Lozier and the College also recognized the 25 new faculty members who joined Georgia Tech for the 2022-2023 academic year.

This year’s awardees include:


The Cullen-Peck Fellowship Awards, established by Frank Cullen (‘73 Math, MS ‘76 ISyE, PhD ‘84 ISyE) and Elizabeth Peck (‘75 Math, MS ‘76 ISyE), to encourage the development of especially promising mid-career faculty.

Cullen-Peck Faculty Fellows:

  • Thackery Brown, Psychology
  • Alex Robel, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Amanda Stockton, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Gretzinger Moving Forward Award, endowed by Ralph Gretzinger (‘70 Math) and named to honor his late wife Jewel, recognizes the leadership of a school chair or senior faculty member who has played a pivotal role in diversifying the composition of tenure-track faculty, creating a family-friendly work environment, and providing a supportive environment for early-career faculty:

  • Cam Tyson, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Eric R. Immel Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, endowed by Charles Crawford (‘71 Math) recognizes exemplary instruction of lower division foundational courses. It honors the late School of Mathematics professor Eric R. Immel, who greatly influenced Crawford’s undergraduate experience at Tech:

  • Christina Ragan, Biological Sciences

The Leddy Family Dean’s Faculty Excellence Award, established by Jeff Leddy (’78 Physics) and Pam Leddy, supports a faculty member at the associate professor level with proven accomplishments in research and teaching:

  • Amit Reddi, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Faculty Mentor Award, established jointly by the College of Sciences and its ADVANCE Professor, awards the efforts and achievements of our faculty members who mentor fellow faculty:

  • Andrzej Swiech, Mathematics


The CoS Outstanding Junior Research Faculty Award and CoS Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award recognize postdoctoral and non-tenure track research faculty who have made exceptional research contributions with significant impact on their field of study:

  • Junior Research Faculty: Claudia Alvarez-Carreño, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Senior Research Faculty: Mu Gao, Biological Sciences

The CoS Research Faculty Community Trailblazer Award recognizes postdoctoral and non-tenure track research faculty who have demonstrated and sustained leadership that strengthens the sense of community among research faculty within the College of Sciences:

  • Eric Shen, Chemistry and Biochemistry


The College of Sciences Staff Awards are made possible by funding from the Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Dean’s Chair endowment. They include:

The Exceptional Staff Member Award and Leadership in Action Staff Member Awards recognize College of Sciences staff who exemplify outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty, by positively impacting the strategic goals of their department and the College, consistently providing excellent service within their school or the overall College, and demonstrating exemplary teamwork.

  • Exceptional Staff Member: Aria Higgins, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Leadership in Action Staff Member: Gary Longstreet, Physics

The Excellence in Leadership Staff Awards and the Staff Excellence Award recognize College of Sciences staff who have made exceptional contributions to the College through innovative and strategic leadership, change management, business process improvement, special project leadership, and similar accomplishments.

Excellence in Leadership Staff

  • Shameka Fahie, Dean’s Office
  • Nguyen Nguyen, Academic and Research Computing Services

Staff Excellence Award

  • Jenny Eaton, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
  • Danny Hardwar, Academic and Research Computing Services
  • David Murray, Academic and Research Computing Services
  • Shebbie Murray, Psychology


Academic Year 2022-2023

  • Jason Azoulay, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Isaiah Bolden, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 
  • Gong Chen, Mathematics
  • Aditi Das, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
  • Anjuli Datta, Biological Sciences 
  • Chunhui Du, Physics
  • Benjamin Freeman, Biological Sciences
  • Qiliang He, Psychology 
  • Svetlana Jitomirskaya, Mathematics 
  • Shina (Lynn) Kamerlin, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Thomas Kelly, Mathematics 
  • Hunter Lehmann, Mathematics 
  • Kalila Lehmann, Mathematics
  • Andrew McShan, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Farzaneh Najafi, Biological Sciences
  • Feryal Özel, Physics
  • Michael Porter, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Dimitrios Psaltis, Physics 
  • Stephanie Reikes, Mathematics 
  • Surabhi Sachdev, Physics
  • Deborah Santos, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • William Stern, Psychology
  • Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman, Psychology
  • Hailong Wang, Physics
  • Michael Wolf, Mathematics

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Writer: Renay San MIguel
Communications Officer II/Science Writer
College of Sciences

Editor: Jess Hunt-Ralston
Communications Director
College of Sciences