Umran Inan, a professor of electrical engineering, was awarded the 2007 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research during the Electrical Engineering Department's diploma ceremony last month.
Inan, who earned his PhD from Stanford in 1977 and joined the faculty in 1982, is the director of the Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience (STAR) Laboratory and the head of the Very Low Frequency (VLF) Research Group.
The Cox Medal is awarded annually to a faculty member who has established a record of excellence directing undergraduate research over a number of years, or who has done an outstanding job with one or two undergraduates whose work is remarkably superior.
In the citation, Inan was recognized for:
His excellence in teaching undergraduates and his long-standing commitment to providing many with research opportunities through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Electrical Engineering;
Challenging undergraduates with high-impact, advanced work that offers an excellent learning experience, drives academic development and elicits significant contributions from them;
His leadership in creating a large, diverse group, a research community with a strong sense of common purpose, mutual support and dedication to undergraduate research;
Taking an interest in the whole student, his/her work and passions, and for meeting with each in weekly sessions despite heavy responsibilities as director of the STAR Lab and head of the VLF Research Group;
Acting as a role model whose own passion, excellence and leadership inspire many undergraduates to undertake graduate work and devote their lives to research.
The Cox Medal was established in memory of the late Allan Cox, a professor of geophysics and dean of the School of Earth Sciences, who is widely known as the co-discoverer of magnetic field reversals.
Story from: Stanford Report