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The Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellence Award

The Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellence Award is named in honor of Arthur Andrew Olson, Sr. and Arthur Andrew Olson, Jr. by their namesake grandson/son:  Arthur Andrew Olson III – a 1972 Systems Analysis graduate from Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing.

All three individuals pursued a business career closely tied to the United States government’s recognition of the pivotal importance of technology in the prospering growth of the country’s economy and the welfare of its citizens; all three individuals were/are registered intellectual property attorneys.

The elder Olsons rose to prominence regionally and nationally as senior partners in the intellectual property firm which eventually bore both of their names during the course of the 20th century (from Olson, Mecklenburger, Von Holst, Pendleton & Neuman to Neuman, Williams, Anderson & Olson), and established themselves individually as professionals highly regarded for professionalism and excellence amongst their peers and clients. Through their work on behalf of individual inventors as well as highly regarded Fortune 500 corporations, these individuals established and protected the intellectual property rights of their clients while helping to shape the United States government’s intellectual property policies so critical to the advancement of technology and the standard of living of its citizens.

Beyond their excellence as professionals, they were good and decent men who, through their commitment to family-oriented values, contributed to the future of this country by similarly developing in their offspring the same sense of professional excellence and family-oriented values which in turn will be perpetuated by generations of individuals unseen and unknown by them.

This award, then, recognizes that teaching excellence is measured both by objective standards of mastery of technological material and the subjective ability to cogently and enthusiastically convey and interpret the essence of such material to a new generation of students and world citizens standing at the threshold of technological innovation and excellence of which they will be a part.

Award established September, 2004

2023 Award Winner

Alan FerrenbergDr. Alan Ferrenberg is an assistant teaching professor of computer science and software engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is also an adjunct professor in the chemical, paper and biomedical engineering department at Miami. He earned his PhD in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 and after a seventeen year career at the University of Georgia, joined Miami in 2007, serving as Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer in the IT Services division for 11 years. In 2018, his love of teaching led him to leave his administrative role and join CSE as a full-time instructor.

His approach to teaching focuses on making courses engaging to students and relevant to them, often by using emerging topics to build student interest as they see events unfolding simultaneously in real life and in the classroom. Having managed an application development group, Ferrenberg is aware of the issues new graduates often face in transitioning to the work environment and he frequently addresses these issues in his courses. The care and attention he gives his teaching and advising is evidenced by high course evaluations and many commendations from students.

Though serving in a teaching-focused role, Dr. Ferrenberg has served on the Masters committee for eighteen students, and he has also been instrumental in advancing CSE’s study abroad program in Calabria, Italy, having served as director or co-director five times.

Past Award Recipients

2022

Dr. Andrew Paluch, Associate Professor of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering

2021

Dr. James Chagdes, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

2020

Dr. Jessica Sparks, Professor of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering

2019

Dr. Jeong-Hoi Koo, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

2018

DJ Rao, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

2017

Kumar Singh, Professor of Mechancial and Manufacturing Engineering

2016

Dmitriy Garmatyuk, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2015

Mike Zmuda, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

2014

Michael Bailey Van Kuren, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and the C. Michael Amstrong Professor of Engineering and Interactive Media in AIMS

2013

Bo Brinkman, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

2012

Andrew D. Sommers, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

2011

Lukasz Opyrchal, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

2010

Douglas W. Coffin, Professor of Chemical and Paper Engineering

2009

Paula A. Harrison, Professor of Nursing

2007*

James C. Moller, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

2007*

Yu Tong (Jade) Morton, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2006

Elizabeth Howard, Professor of Computer and Information Technology

2005

Alton F. Sanders, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Emeritus

2004

Anna Dollár, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

 * Two were awarded in 2007, none in 2008.

Outstanding Faculty Research Award

2023 Recipient

Andrew JonesDr. J. Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is an assistant professor of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining Miami in 2017, Jones completed his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and his M.S. in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in general engineering, with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering, at Mercer University (Macon, GA).

His research focuses on the genetic engineering of microorganisms for the production of psychoactive drug candidates with the potential to help treat mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His research has been highlighted on National Public Radio, Chemical & Engineering News, Vice News, High Times, and Scientific American. He has recently been selected for multiple awards and honors including AIChE’s 35Under35 –Bioengineering (2020), Miami University’s Junior Faculty Scholar Award (2021), Miami’s Associated Student Government – Outstanding Professor Award Nominee (2021, 2022), and the Ohio Faculty Council’s Technology Commercialization Award (2022).

Jones’ research program at Miami has attracted approximately $2 Million dollars in external research funding and has led to the direct training of over 40 students and professional staff. Jones has published 29 peer-reviewed publications in top journals and has been cited over 2,400 times since 2014. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the National Academy of Inventors.

Past Award Winners

Past Award Winners

2022

Dr. Philippe Giabbanelli, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

2021

Dr. Justin Ye, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

2020 

Jason Berberich, Associate Professor of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering 
Andrew Sommers, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

2019

Gokhan Sahin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2018

Lei Kerr, Spooner Schallek Professor of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering

2017

Kumar Singh, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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