The College of Engineering has chosen three highly accomplished academics to receive 2013 Outstanding Faculty Awards, which were distributed at the Senior Recognition Celebration for the Class of 2013, held on May 11. Dr. Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and Dr. Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department and Dr. Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department each accepted the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Dr. Michael Knodler of the CEE department was previously selected to receive the College Outstanding Teaching Award, which was also handed out at the Senior Recognition Celebration.

Gao was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2012 and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2010. She was the recipient of a 2010 Chancellor's Award as one of eight nationally acclaimed UMass Amherst faculty members celebrated for outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activity. In addition, she has received a 2011 Test of Time Award from ACM SIGMETRICS, a best paper award from IEEE INFOCOM 2010, a "Paper of Distinction" award from ACM SOCC 2011, a 2003 Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship, and a 1999 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Her research interests are in multimedia networking, Internet routing, network security, energy efficient wireless networks, and distributed computation for big-data analytics. She is the director of the Multimedia Networking & Internet Lab. She earned her Ph.D. from the UMass Amherst Computer Science Department and a B.S.C.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Dauenhauer has been the recipient of a 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a 2011 Department of Energy Early CAREER Award, a 2011 3M Young Faculty Award, and a 2010 National Science Foundation EAGER Award. He is also an associate editor of Chemical Engineering Science. The Dauenhauer research group focuses on the fundamental reaction engineering technology necessary to produce green fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. His discoveries related to that research have been highlighted in such journals as Science, Energy and Environmental Science, and Nature Chemistry. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Dauenhauer worked as a senior research engineer for the Dow Chemical Company within Core R&D Reaction Engineering in Midland, Michigan, and the Hydrocarbons & Energy Department in Freeport, Texas. He is married, has a daughter, Eleanor Ann, and two cats.

Among other honors, Brown has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2011, a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering in 2006, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from 2001 to 2004. The goal of his research group is to understand and model human-hydrologic systems to improve societal responses to water resources challenges. The findings of this research will provide insight for planning and adapting the design and management of water resource systems for a sustainable future. Before coming to UMass Amherst, he served at Columbia University in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society as an associate research scientist and water team leader from 2005 to 2008 and a postdoctoral research scientist from 2004 to 2005. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1993, his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from Harvard University in 2004. (April 2013)