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Engineers Week awards go to ASU professor, student

Kaloush Frear E-Week Awards
February 18, 2013

An ASU faculty member and a student will be recognized at a Greater Phoenix Area 2013 Engineers Week awards ceremony Feb. 21.

Darcy Frear, a biomedical engineering major in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Barrett, The Honors College, has won the organization’s Outstanding Engineering Student award.

Kamil Kaloush, an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, will receive the Outstanding Educator Award.

Frear carries a 3.9 grade point average, has been involved in research during all four years as an undergraduate and worked as an intern with a major international engineering company. She has served as an officer of the ASU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society ASU chapter. She has also contributed her time to mentor numerous younger students.

Frear was a unanimous choice among the eight ASU students selected in 2012 for the inaugural year of the Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean’s Examplar program.

Students selected for the program have demonstrated exceptional effort to gain experience beyond their coursework through internships, research and student competitions, and taking opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork, mentoring and communications skills.

“Darcy is a great example of a student who takes full advantage of these opportunities, building a record that should make her one of the top students in the U.S. starting graduate school in fall 2013,” says Paul Johnson, dean of the engineering schools.

Kaloush is being recognized for his teaching, student advising and research at ASU, and for his efforts in providing continuing education for professional engineers through the Arizona Pavements and Materials Committee.

He is co-founder and director of the National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations (SMART stands for Sustainable Materials and Renewal Technologies laboratory), where he mentors students in research and development of sustainable building and pavement materials.

He is faculty adviser for the ASU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the competitive student concrete canoe group.

Kaloush has mentored a number of students participating in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and directed students in Barrett, The Honors College working on their honors thesis projects.

He also has helped students to expand their education and experience by enabling them to attend regional and national professional engineering conferences.

“I know of few people who have made contributions to engineering education over the breadth of areas professor Kaloush has contributed to,” says fellow ASU engineering professor Edward Kavazanjian.

The awards are part of National Engineers Week promoted by a national foundation and a coalition of regional groups that work to advance the engineering profession.

The Greater Phoenix Area 2013 Engineers Week group considers dozens of award nominees from almost 40 local chapters of various professional engineering associations, and roughly an equal number of engineering and construction companies, along with several public agencies and educational institutions.

Learn more about the Greater Phoenix Area Engineers Week.