Drs. Shuai and Farhadi selected to receive 2018 SEAS Faculty Awards

April 03, 2018
Dr. Danmeng Shuai
Dr. Danmeng Shuai 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is pleased to announce that two CEE faculty members have been named winners of the 2018 SEAS Faculty Excellence Awards.  Dr. Danmeng Shuai was selected to receive the 2018 SEAS Outstanding Junior Researcher Award, and Dr. Leila Farhadi will receive the 2018 SEAS Outstanding Junior Teacher Award, which she will share with Dr. Ekundayo Shittu of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.

Dr. Shuai joined GW in 2013, and since that time, he has built a strong research program focused on addressing grand challenges at the interface of water, energy, and public health, with innovative advanced materials.  In less than five years, he has received four research grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and has published 12 papers.

A key strength of Dr. Shuai is his ability to assemble and lead a diverse group of researchers with complementary expertise to tackle challenging environmental problems.  Although a junior faculty member, he already has mentored a number of Ph.D. and master’s students, and is frequently approached by SEAS undergraduate students who would like to get involved in his research.

Leila Farhadi
Dr. Leila Farhadi

His colleague, Dr. Leila Farhadi, who also joined the department in 2013, is being honored for her teaching success.  Since joining CEE, she has made significant contributions to the department’s strategic goal of providing high-quality instruction and effective mentoring to CEE undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Farhadi has taught a number of key undergraduate and graduate level courses.  She has re-designed and taught four CEE courses, and she also revised the content of CE 4620 (Hydrology and Hydraulic Design) to include a variety of topics related to sustainability.  Since the introduction of these new sustainability modules, the course has been included in the university’s sustainability minor, and it has been receiving excellent reviews from students.  Dr. Farhadi also mentors a number of graduate students in their thesis and dissertation research, and she is currently the faculty advisor for more than 15 undergraduate students.

Congratulations to Drs. Shuai and Farhadi.