Purpose: This award was established to recognize exceptionally strong and influential research accomplishments.

Eligibility: Tenured/tenure track faculty. There are two separate awards for junior and senior faculty. Junior faculty are Assistant or Associate Professors with less than 10 years in a full-time appointment at the time of nomination.

The award recognizes high quality research with promise for significant and lasting impact in a discipline of engineering. The award is given for specific recent contributions published by the nominee within five years of the date of nomination, not for cumulative research contributions over a more extended period. (In the event of a series of publications on the subject of the award, the five-year interval starts on the date the first publication in the series.)

The following are examples of indicators of such quality and impact.

  • Independent confirmation of the importance and influence of the nominee’s research by leading authorities outside the university.
  • The quality of journals in which the nominee has published, as measured by their impact factors or equivalent indicators.
  • Award-winning scholarly papers and books.
  • Prestigious awards and prizes by professional societies.
  • Quantity (appropriately normalized) and quality of citations to the nominee’s publications.
  • Significant inventions and discoveries that have impacted the state of the art in a field.
  • Placement of Ph.D. students in prestigious academic institutions and research organizations.
  • Impact on society through translation of their research
  • Enhancement of diversity and inclusion in their field and the Clark School through their research

The standard for receiving this award is high. The awardee’s record should be sufficiently strong to demonstrate to the selection committee that s/he satisfies a combination of the above-mentioned, or equivalent, indicators. If there are no nominations that meet these expectations, the selection committee will not forward a recommendation for the award this year.

The nomination package should include these items.

  • A nomination letter (3 pages maximum) describing the nominee’s most significant research in the context of the indicators of quality and impact described above.
  • Three reference letters from world-class authorities in the nominee’s field that evaluate the nominee’s scientific and technical contributions. A departmental nomination committee must contact the referees and obtain the letters to be included in the nomination package. Collaborators and faculty advisors are permitted to provide letters.
  • A brief statement of the credentials of each reference. Professional relationships between the nominee and reference should be disclosed here.
  • A complete vita for the nominee.
  • A tabulation of the nominee’s citations obtained from the Web of Science and/or Google Scholar.

Note that previous nominations will be considered again for up to two additional years, and nominators have the option to withdraw or update the package. Prior recipients are not eligible to be nominated again. 

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Meet Our 2024 Recipient: Chunsheng Wang

Chunsheng Wang is a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, where he has established himself as one of the most preeminent international leaders in the area of Li-ion battery development and innovation. His publication record is beyond impressive, with 350 publications in top-ranked and reputable journals, an H-index of 137, and over 67,000 total citations. In addition to his extensive publication record, Prof. Wang’s research has yielded 42 patents filed, showcasing the depth of his pioneering contributions to the Li-ion battery research area. His breakthroughs in Li-ion battery research will have a significant and lasting impact on battery development and innovation for years to come. His research program at UMD has also produced 19 PhD students, many of whom are now professors themselves or working at well-known companies. He is also a founder and the UMD Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Batteries, a collaboration between UMD and the Army Research Lab.

Chunsheng Wang, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Past Recipients