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Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award

The College of Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes sustained and consistent research excellence by a full-time full professor within the college. The award was established in 2016 to recognize significant achievements over a person’s research career. The selection committee uses the following criteria for this award:

Sustained and consistent research activities including most of the following:

  • External funding support and expenditures
  • Refereed Publications and Citations
  • Intellectual Products including Patents and Disclosures
  • National and International Research awards
  • Research mentoring and Team building including collaborative funding
  • Graduate program accomplishments including PhD student mentoring
  • Outstanding impact of work on his/her profession and K-State 

Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award 2018 Nomination Information

Current Recipient

James H. EdgarJames H. Edgar, CHE, 2017

This year’s recipient is Dr. James Edgar, department head and professor in the department of chemical engineering. 

  • Edgar’s research employs chemical engineering principles to improve the quality of materials for semiconductor devices. The goal is to synthesize new, rarely studied, wide energy band gap semiconductors with the quality required for electronic, optoelectronic and photonic devices.
  • Edgar’s research established the best practices for the sublimation crystal growth of aluminum nitride and scandium nitride, the impact of process conditions on growth rate and crystal quality. These techniques have been adopted worldwide. 

Past Recipients

Douglas S. McGregor, MNE, 2016