College of Engineering student, faculty members receive Penn State Global awards

February 27, 2024

Editor’s note: A version of this article originally appeared on Penn State News. 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two faculty members and a student in the College of Engineering were recently recognized in Penn State Global’s 2023-24 annual awards. The awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals, as well as academic programs, at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals. 

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems and associate director of the Materials Research Institute, received the Outstanding International Research Award. 

Part of the Advancing a Global Penn State Awards program, the award recognizes innovative research projects and initiatives that can be shown to be advancing progress toward one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Julio Urbina, professor of electrical engineering in the the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has consistently demonstrated exceptional achievement toward furthering the global vision of Penn State across their career at the University. 

Vanessa Dib, an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering, was recognized with the Undergraduate Award as part of the Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Awards. The student awards honor and recognize outstanding contributions to international understanding by graduate and undergraduate international students.   

Dib also recently received the 2024 John W. Oswald Award for scholarship. The award recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award consists of a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970 to 1983. 

"It is such a delight to recognize the extraordinary global engagement of faculty, staff and students at Penn State and celebrate awardees who represent multiple colleges and campuses," said Sabine Klahr, interim vice provost for Penn State Global. "In Penn State Global, we are deeply grateful for the inspiring work of our global champions who are at the core of what makes Penn State a global university.” 

Penn State Global award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony in Robb Hall in the Hintz Alumni Center on March 21. The full list of winners is available here.


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