Welcome to the (virtual) 2021 Rossin Awards

The annual Collegewide event returns to celebrate the achievements and dedication of Rossin College faculty and staff in support of research and educational excellence across Lehigh's engineering community. In 2021, the ceremony is again being held online due to the ongoing campus closures brought on by COVID-19. 

Especially given the challenges over the last year that have impacted all of our lives, our gratitude and our pride in these award winners—and all of the hardworking faculty and staff members across the Rossin College—remains unwavering.

The College offers its sincere thanks to everyone across all of our departments, programs, offices and institutes for pulling us through a most challenging academic year!


A message from Dean DeWeerth


~2021 Rossin Award recipients~

Ganesh Balasubramanian: Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has clearly reached beyond their discipline to collaborate and develop significant research opportunities and partnerships while maximizing the impact of current research at Lehigh.




William Best: Richard P. Vinci Award for Educational Excellence

Celebrating a beloved professor who passed away in 2019 after a brave battle with ALS, this award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has demonstrated effective teaching and/or enhanced the student learning experience by using effective, non-standard teaching methods into the classroom and shows an outstanding commitment to the success of their students.




Rick Blum: Peer Mentoring

This award recognizes a Rossin college senior faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to creating a vibrant and supportive culture within the college through formal and informal channels so faculty can reach their highest potential. 




Lesley Chow: Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has shown passion and effectiveness in promoting equity, inclusion and Diversity in Rossin College and their own Department/Unit.




John Coulter: Citizenship

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship to Lehigh University, the Rossin College, and their own Department/Unit.




Hannah Dailey: Experiential Learning Excellence

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has successfully utilized experiential learning activities to engage and prepare their students. Faculty honored with this award will have prompted new levels of creativity and innovative thinking from students and helped them gain a deeper understanding of open-ended, real-world problem-solving.




Todd George: Citizenship

This award recognizes an exceptional Rossin college staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their daily work and activities, serving as an example of dedication, support and excellence in upholding the college’s mission and supporting its various initiatives.




Sushil Kumar: Excellence in Research Scholarship and Leadership

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding scholarships (through publications, patents, etc.) and is considered to be a prominent research leader in their field, thus bringing recognition to Lehigh.




Thomas Marullo: Extraordinary Contribution in Extraordinary Times

This award recognizes a Rossin college staff member who is committed to providing outstanding support and guidance to our graduate students. Staff members honored with this award will have created a positive, welcoming environment where students feel comfortable seeking assistance with academic and non-academic issues.




Barbara McGuire: Excellence in Undergraduate Student Support

This award recognizes a Rossin college staff member who is committed to providing outstanding support and guidance to our undergraduate students. Staff members honored with this award will have created a positive, welcoming environment where students feel comfortable seeking assistance with academic and non-academic issues.




Ted Ralphs: Outstanding Doctoral Student Advising Award

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has a strong commitment to the doctoral education and provides excellent support and mentorship to doctoral students they work with. Current doctoral students are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for this award when their advisors are doing an exceptional job.




Michael Rex: Experiential Learning Excellence

This award recognizes a Rossin college staff member who has successfully utilized experiential learning activities to engage and prepare their students. Staff honored with this award will have prompted new levels of creativity and innovative thinking from students and helped them gain a deeper understanding of open-ended, real-world problem-solving.




Lawrence V. Snyder: Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has clearly reached beyond their discipline to collaborate and develop significant research opportunities and partnerships while maximizing the impact of current research at Lehigh.




Tamas Terlaky: Excellence in Research Scholarship and Leadership

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding scholarships (through publications, patents, etc.) and is considered to be a prominent research leader in their field, thus bringing recognition to Lehigh.




Masashi Watanabe: Extraordinary Contribution in Extraordinary Times

This award recognizes a Rossin college faculty member who is committed to providing outstanding support and guidance to our graduate students. Staff members honored with this award will have created a positive, welcoming environment where students feel comfortable seeking assistance with academic and non-academic issues.




Heidi Wegrzyn: Excellence in Graduate Student Support Award

This award recognizes a Rossin college staff member who is committed to providing outstanding support and guidance to our graduate students. Staff members honored with this award will have created a positive, welcoming environment where students feel comfortable seeking assistance with academic and non-academic issues.