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Nam earns Provost’s Distinguished Promotion Award


Julia Stackler

SungWoo Nam
SungWoo Nam
When MechSE’s SungWoo Nam earns tenure this month as associate professor, he will also carry the distinction as a recipient of the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award for 2018.

This prestigious honor was given to just 11 faculty across campus. During its annual promotion review process, the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure identifies scholars whose contributions have been extraordinary in terms of quality of work and overall achievement. Each receives a discretionary fund to support scholarly activities.

Nam earned his PhD in applied physics in 2011 from Harvard University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining MechSE in August 2012.

In recent years, he has earned several other distinctions. In 2018 alone, he was named an Early Career Faculty Fellow by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); received the Rose Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering; and was selected for a highly competitive Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Nam earned the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2016. In 2013, in just his second year of teaching, he was given the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, which recognizes the top 10 percent of engineering advisors across the college. He went on to win this award twice more, in 2015 and 2017. These honors are just a few of the accolades he has earned during his career Illinois, in addition to his cutting-edge research findings in the area of graphene and other 2D materials.

The other 10 recipients of the Provost’s Campus Distinguished Promotion Award can be found here.