CIS and ME faculty awarded collegiate professorships

7/21/2017

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has named two faculty members as collegiate professors in recognition of their teaching, research, and service.

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The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has named two faculty members as collegiate professors in recognition of their teaching, research, and service. Collegiate professorships are granted to faculty who demonstrate outstanding contributions to their department, college, and greater campus community.

  • Narasimhamurthi “Nattu” Natarajan Collegiate Professor of Engineering: Bruce Maxim, associate professor of computer and information science, Department of Computer and Information Science

  • Paul K. Trojan Collegiate Professor of Engineering: Pravansu Mohanty, professor of mechanical engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professorships are named in honor of distinguished faculty and represent one of the most significant awards that the college can bestow upon faculty members.

Bruce Maxim

Bruce Maxim

Professor Bruce Maxim teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in game design and software engineering. His efforts and expertise were critical to the development of the college’s computer science and software engineering curricula and he has served on countless committees at the department, college, and campus level. In his time at UM-Dearborn, he has supervised over 200 student projects and engaged in extensive community outreach.

Professor Maxim is the co-author of Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, which is widely-recognized as one of the best textbooks in the field. His recent awards include the 2015 Campus Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013 CECS Professor of the Year Designee, and the 2008 Campus Distinguished Community Service Award.

About the Professorship: “Nattu” Natarajan was an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering from 1988 until his death in 2016. The Narasimhamurthi “Nattu” Natarajan Collegiate Professor of Engineering was established by the Regents in May 2017 to recognize his exemplary service as a teacher and mentor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Pravansu Mohanty

Pravansu Mohanty

Professor Pravansu Mohanty has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in automotive systems engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. An avid researcher, his interests include laser/plasma-aided materials processing, nanomaterials synthesis, and engineered materials design. His numerous grants have supported undergraduate students, graduate students, and research scholars.

Professor Mohanty is a member of the American Society of Metals (ASM), the Thermal Spray Society (TSS), the Laser Institute of America (LIA), and TMS. His recent awards include the 2015 Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award and the 2011 Michigan Clean Energy First Prize.

About the Professorship: Paul K. Trojan was a professor of metallurgical engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1961 until his retirement in 1998. The Paul K. Trojan Collegiate Professorship of Engineering was established by the Regents in March 2012 to acknowledge his long, exemplary service as a teacher, researcher, and administrator in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.